The trials of a U.S. Army platoon serving in the field during the Vietnam War.
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3   2   1  
1990   1989   1988   1987  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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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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Storyline

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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Action | Drama | War

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24 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nam - Dienst in Vietnam  »

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(58 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

While the Special Operations Group or SOG that the unit joins in season 3 usually recruited from special forces outfits they did take operators from regular infantry units.

One such example is Franklin D Miller who did 7 tours of duty spending 7 years in Vietnam, winning countless decorations and medals including the Medal Of Honor during a hellish and intense mission. Frank started out in an infantry platoon just like the fictional characters on the show and spent 2 years "in the bush" before he'd even heard of the special forces much less MACV-SOG. But upon hearing about them he applied and after a rigorous selection process he made the cut. So while it's possible for a regular infantry soldier to have made it in SOG never wrangled entire squads or units into their operation as is depicted in season 3.

However when they join it is stated that heavy casualties have left the unit seriously under strength so Goldman and his men are recruited as a stop-gap measure. See more »

Goofs

Tan Son Nhut air base, the base camp for the second season, is depicted as a relatively quiet location set amongst woods and hills. In fact, it was - then as now - Saigon's international airport, and one of the busiest airbases in the world at the time. It is located in a heavily built-up area, with neither woods nor hills. See more »

Quotes

Private Alberto Ruiz: Man, you're lying again.
Private Danny Purcell: Yeah, well, I also kill people. That don't make me a bad person.
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Connections

Referenced in Black Hawk Down (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Eve of Destruction
Written by P.F. Sloan
Performed by Barry McGuire
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Outstanding and underrated series.
13 September 2000 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"Tour Of Duty" is quite frankly one of my most favorite TV series of all time, and for good reason too. Aside from being highly entertaining, the show made attempts to show what life was like for soldiers during the Vietnam war. In spite of prime time network regulations, the stories were gritty and unglamorous, and rarely were there any feel-good endings to episodes.

It's a shame that many of the talented actors who made up the "Tour Of Duty" cast (with the exception of John Dye and Kim Delaney) aren't seen as often on TV anymore. I hope that there's a slim chance of a reunion movie being made, given the strong following this show developed over the years.


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