The trials of a U.S. Army platoon serving in the field during the Vietnam War.
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 Sgt. Clayton 'Zeke' Anderson / ... (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Stephen Caffrey ...
 Lt. Myron Goldman (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
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 Cpl. Daniel 'Danny' Percell / ... (57 episodes, 1987-1990)
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 Pvt. Marcus Taylor / ... (56 episodes, 1987-1990)
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 Pvt. Alberto Ruiz / ... (55 episodes, 1987-1990)
Stan Foster ...
 SP4 Marvin Johnson / ... (44 episodes, 1987-1989)
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 Lt. John McKay (32 episodes, 1989-1990)
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This series offers an unflinching look at the "tours of duty" of several members of a platoon during the Vietnam War. Death is inevitable in war, and major characters do die. The protagonists face the Viet Cong, social disapproval, and sometimes themselves over the course of the series. Written by Jason A. Cormier <wildrose@mindspring.com>

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24 September 1987 (USA)  »

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Camino al infierno  »

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In the 3rd season, the platoon joins the SOG. The Studies and Observations Group, which is an elite commando-style unit that operates behind the lines in Cambodia and Laos. The SOG recruits its members from the Special Forces, Navy SEALs, Marine Force Recon, and Ranger/LRRP units, not from basic infantry soldiers. However when they join it is stated that heavy casualties have left the unit seriously understrength so Goldman and his men are recruited as a stop-gap measure. See more »

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In the pilot episode, with a background of 1967, all of the characters wear helmets with helmet covers issued in 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Major Braun: You will give us the coordinates, or I'll arrange for you to have a talk with my south Vietnamese colleague, here.
Colonel Li Trang: My country important. My life not important. You can't win.
Major Braun: Listen to me, colonel. You have never defeated us in the battlefield. We have superior firepower. We can bomb you back to the stone age.
Colonel Li Trang: You can't win. Unless you want to stay here and eat rice for the next thousand years, you can't win.
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Referenced in Black Hawk Down (2001) See more »

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Eve of Destruction
Written by P.F. Sloan
Performed by Barry McGuire
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a show that was even keeled on purpose
17 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

I ran into STEPHEN CAFFERY outside GRAND RAPIDS MICHIGAN last year. I Never said anything to him. He got in a truck and drove off with a lawn mower. I was sort of shocked. I had run across KIRSTEN DUNST the same way, my first reaction is to keep walking in my own direction with the recognition "oh a celebrity". I am not a autograph hound by any stretch. This series was designed by producers to be even keeled in it's delivery. TOUR OF DUTY was a show which to it's credit became better with each season. The show was also catalyst for a resurgence in awarness of VIETNAM and america coming to grips with the aftermath of the snubbing of the vets and the social issues which arose from the war and it's aftermath of shame. TOUR OF DUTY did not portray VIETNAM as a shameful war or the verts. It portrayed the bombastic policies of the "police action" train of thought in military doctrine. The series had a quality to it in deliever the same way COMBAT did back in the 1960's. A well produced show which went on to uplift the vietnam vet as a hero instead of a villain, TOUR OF DUTY was one of the final media franchises to explore vietnam in the wake of movie fare such as PLATOON.


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