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 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 88)

Terence Knox ... Sgt. Clayton 'Zeke' Anderson / ... (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Stephen Caffrey ... Lt. Myron Goldman (58 episodes, 1987-1990)

Tony Becker ... Cpl. Daniel 'Danny' Percell / ... (57 episodes, 1987-1990)

Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ... Pvt. Marcus Taylor / ... (56 episodes, 1987-1990)

Ramón Franco ... Pvt. Alberto Ruiz / ... (55 episodes, 1987-1990)
Stan Foster ... SP4 Marvin Johnson / ... (44 episodes, 1987-1989)

Dan Gauthier ... Lt. John McKay (32 episodes, 1989-1990)

Series Directed by
Bill L. Norton (10 episodes, 1987-1989)
Jim Johnston (9 episodes, 1987-1990)
Stephen L. Posey (8 episodes, 1988-1990)
Bradford May (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Randy Roberts (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Charles Correll (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
George Kaczender (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Edwin Sherin (3 episodes, 1989)
Aaron Lipstadt (2 episodes, 1987)
Reynaldo Villalobos (2 episodes, 1987)
Helaine Head (2 episodes, 1989)
Series Writing credits
L. Travis Clark (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Steve Duncan (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Rick Husky (9 episodes, 1987-1989)
Steven Smith (9 episodes, 1987-1989)
Jerry Patrick Brown (8 episodes, 1989-1990)
Dennis Cooper (7 episodes, 1989)
David Kemper (5 episodes, 1989-1990)
Carol Mendelsohn (5 episodes, 1989-1990)
Robert Bielak (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Bill L. Norton (3 episodes, 1987)
Bruce Reisman (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Robert Burns Clark (3 episodes, 1988)
Elia Katz (3 episodes, 1989)
Steve Bello (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Wyles (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Ehrman (1 episode, 1990)

Series Produced by
Zev Braun .... executive producer (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Brian Herskowitz .... associate producer / assistant producer (37 episodes, 1988-1990)
Vahan Moosekian .... coordinating producer / producer / ... (24 episodes, 1987-1989)
Rick Husky .... supervising producer / co-executive producer (23 episodes, 1987-1989)
Bill L. Norton .... co-executive producer (21 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ronald L. Schwary .... producer (21 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert Bielak .... co-producer (21 episodes, 1988-1990)
Steve Bello .... co-producer (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
Steven Smith .... co-producer (10 episodes, 1988-1989)
Dennis Cooper .... co-executive producer / co-producer (3 episodes, 1989)
James A. Westman .... producer (3 episodes, 1989)
Series Original Music by
Joseph Conlan (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Series Cinematography by
Stephen L. Posey (28 episodes, 1987-1989)
Alan Caso (27 episodes, 1989-1990)
Peter Smokler (2 episodes, 1988)

Bob Moore (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
John Duffy (12 episodes, 1987-1989)
Stephen Michael (12 episodes, 1987-1989)
Thomas Petersen (8 episodes, 1988-1990)
Ellen Ring Jacobson (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Kim Secrist (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Michael Ripps (4 episodes, 1987-1989)

Herbert H. Dow (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Barbara Claman (27 episodes, 1987-1990)
Maureen A. Arata (14 episodes, 1987-1989)
Mark Saks (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Production Design by
Mayling Cheng (6 episodes, 1987-1989)
Series Art Direction by
Mayling Cheng (17 episodes, 1987-1988)
Series Set Decoration by
Richard Drake (16 episodes, 1987-1988)
Gary Fettis (4 episodes, 1989)
Henry Kanahele (3 episodes, 1987)
Rick Caprarelli (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Makeup Department
James R. Scribner .... makeup artist (25 episodes, 1987-1990)
Susan Carol Schwary .... hair stylist (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ora Green .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Production Management
James A. Westman .... unit production manager (22 episodes, 1987-1990)
Lorin Bennett Salob .... executive in charge of production (20 episodes, 1987-1988)
James Ragan .... unit production manager (5 episodes, 1989)
S. Michael Formica .... unit production manager (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald L. Schwary .... second unit director (20 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tony Mason .... first assistant director / second assistant director (16 episodes, 1987-1990)
Howard Ellis .... second assistant director (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
Gary Law .... first assistant director (11 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tommy Burns .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 1987)
W. Alexander Ellis .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1989)
Robert S. Mills .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1990)
Peter C. Graupner .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1987)
Mark S. Glick .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1990)

Joel Chernoff .... second unit director (unknown episodes, 1987-1989)
Series Art Department
Richard A. Mazzochi .... property master (21 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Aaron .... assistant property master / property master (14 episodes, 1987-1990)
Jim Zemansky .... property master (4 episodes, 1989)

Mychael Bates .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Susan Moore-Chong .... production sound mixer / sound mixer (36 episodes, 1987-1989)
Jeremy Hoenack .... sound editor / sound editing (12 episodes, 1987-1989)
Blake Wilcox .... production sound mixer (2 episodes, 1990)

Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Michael Payne .... sound supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Larry Roberts .... special effects (25 episodes, 1987-1990)
Roger George .... special effects (2 episodes, 1987)
Erich Martin Hicks .... assistant special effects (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Stunts
Phil Adams .... stunt coordinator / stunts (15 episodes, 1987-1990)
Ted Grossman .... stunt coordinator (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Keith Shindoll .... stunts (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Larry Holt .... stunts (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
Troy Brown .... stunts (2 episodes, 1988)
Bobby Burns .... stunts (2 episodes, 1989-1990)

Al Goto .... stunts (unknown episodes, 1987-1989)
Ed Anders .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Darryl Chan .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Phil Chong .... stunts (unknown episodes)
James Jude Courtney .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Albert Furuto .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Andy Gill .... stunt double: Terence Knox (unknown episodes)
Curtis Lupo .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Khristian Lupo .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Joe Murphy .... utility stunts (unknown episodes)
Ronan Sakai .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jon Sakata .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Monty L. Simons .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gary Toy .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Michael E. Little .... camera operator / second operator: camera (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Richard Sands .... gaffer (24 episodes, 1987-1990)
George Cambra .... key grip (18 episodes, 1987-1988)
Alan Caso .... camera operator (12 episodes, 1987-1989)
James Sweet .... key grip (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Kevin McGill .... second assistant camera (3 episodes, 1988)
Lennie Evans .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1990)

Robert K. Feldmann .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
Frederick Iannone .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (unknown episodes)
Lee Redmond .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Louise Dushkin .... vietnamese casting / casting: Vietnamese (24 episodes, 1987-1990)
Marge Spencer .... casting: Hawaii (20 episodes, 1987-1988)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Amos .... costume supervisor / wardrobe (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Fred Long .... wardrobe (12 episodes, 1987-1989)
Series Editorial Department
Andy Lichtstein .... telecine colorist (37 episodes, 1989-1990)
Jim Passon .... color timer (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Karl Jacobsen .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Music Department
Art Fein .... music consultant (20 episodes, 1987-1988)
John McCullough .... music consultant (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Transportation Department
John Reed .... driver (11 episodes, 1988)

Leroy Reed .... transportation coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Joseph A. Liuzzi .... location manager (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Bruce Nahin .... film commissioner (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
L. Travis Clark .... executive consultant (57 episodes, 1987-1990)
Steve Duncan .... executive consultant (57 episodes, 1987-1990)
Michael B. Christy .... technical advisor / technical advisor: military (36 episodes, 1989-1990)
Peter McKernan .... aerial coordinator / helicopter pilot (23 episodes, 1987-1990)
Greg Knapp .... set medic (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Steven Smith .... executive story editor (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert Burns Clark .... story editor (11 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ed Knight .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Bruce Reisman .... story editor (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Elia Katz .... executive story consultant (4 episodes, 1989)
Jerry Patrick Brown .... story editor (3 episodes, 1989)
David Kemper .... executive story editor (2 episodes, 1990)

Bundy Chanock .... set medic (unknown episodes)
Bob Corff .... voice teacher (unknown episodes)
Alan J. Lam .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Nicki McCain .... assistant accountant (unknown episodes)
Bill McCamey .... first aid nurse (unknown episodes)
Paul Sinor .... technical advisor: military (unknown episodes)
Bill Walker .... production controller (unknown episodes)

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45 min (58 episodes)
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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 »
Anachronisms: In the pilot episode, with a background of 1967, all of the characters wear helmets with helmet covers issued in 1970s.See more »
[After a series of explosions]
Pvt. Francis 'Doc Hoc' Hockenbury:[drunk] Auntie Em, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore!
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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
COMBAT! with M-16s and Huey helicopters., 14 February 2002
Author: Lyle F. Padilla from Turnersville, New Jersey USA

This series could have been titled COMBAT! THE NEXT GENERATION, and lived up to that status. Zeke Anderson was a next-generation Chip Saunders and Myron Goldman a next-generation Gil Hanley. In fact, I'm surprised and disappointed that the producers didn't have Rick Jason do a guest appearance as COLONEL Gil Hanley (and it's too bad Vic Morrow was no longer alive to show up as Sergeant Major Chip Saunders)!

I think one of the reasons this series wasn't as popular on its original run as it is in syndication today is precisely because it was essentially COMBAT! with M-16s and Hueys: a lot of people in the 1980s were still of the mindset that those who fought in Vietnam were all baby killers; they couldn't accept the simple fact that the Myron Goldmans, Zeke Andersons, Alberto Ruizes, Danny Percells, Marcus Taylors, Scott Bakers and Marvin Johnsons of Vietnam, 1967 were the same ordinary American boys as the Gil Hanleys, Chip Saunderses, Cajes, Littlejohns, Braddocks and Kirbys of France, 1944, doing their best in an ugly situation that was not of their making.

TOUR OF DUTY was one of my all-time favorite series, right along with another contemporary New World Television production also set 20 years in the past, THE WONDER YEARS; . I've always seen these two series as two sides of the same coin, i.e. the battlefront and home front of the Vietnam War. It's fitting that in the TOD episode "Soldiers" (where three of the cast regulars go to Hawaii for R&R), Olivia d'Abo of THE WONDER YEARS had a guest appearance essentially playing the same character.

[For the record, I did not go to Vietnam; I was still an ROTC cadet when the war ended. That does mean, however, that I got my share of the "baby killer" epithets and spitting upon my uniform during that era! ]

Having said all that, the series was not without flaws. The first flaw was the entire 2nd season with the introduction of the female love interests for Anderson and Goldman, coincident with the start of the competing ABC series CHINA BEACH. This is a classic example of the original trying to imitate the imitator and nearly ruining itself in the process. (Anyone remember Coke vs Pepsi, New Coke and the return to Coke Classic?) My second major criticism is that although this was still one of my all-time favorite series, there's no denying that elements of just about every Vietnam War theatrical movie of that era found their way into episodes of TOUR OF DUTY; the finale of the first season was essentially a condensed, cleaned up for network TV version of HAMBURGER HILL. There were so many cases of this that, at times, I felt the series should have been titled APOCALYPSE OF THE FULL METAL HAMBURGER PLATOON AT FIREBASE GLORIA! ;-)

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