In the late 60s, during the Vietnam War, the idealistic soldier Jackie Willow arrives at Fort Meyer expecting to go to the Academy and then to the Vietnam War. Jackie is the son of a veteran sergeant and soon he becomes the protégé of the former friends of his father, Sergeant Clell Hazard and Sergeant Major 'Goody' Nelson. Jackie is promoted and gets married with his childhood friend Rachel Feld, to recommend Jackie to the Academy. He is promoted to lieutenant and asks to go to the Vietnam, returning to the Arlington National Cemetery. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
It was a dangerous time to be young. An impossible time to be a hero.
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Did You Know?
was originally cast as Pete Deveber, but was replaced when Francis Ford Coppola
's son, Gian-Carlo Coppola
, was killed in a speedboating accident in May 1986 in Annapolis, Maryland. O'Neal, who was driving the boat while using drugs, had attempted to pass between two slow-moving boats, failing to realize in his haste that both boats were connected by a very long towline. While O'Neal barely had time to duck, young Coppola was struck, throwing his body to the metal deck, sustaining head injuries whereby he died instantly. O'Neal was later charged with manslaughter over the tragedy. He was ultimately fined $200 and sentenced to 18 months probation in 1987, eventually receiving an 18-day jail sentence for not performing 400 hours of community service as ordered. A law was later passed requiring short towlines between boats. At the time of his death, Coppola's fiancée, Jaqueline De La Fontaine
, was two months pregnant with their only daughter, Gian-Carla Coppola, who was born on January 1, 1987. See more
The name tags on uniforms are white US Army changed to subdued (black letters on olive drab tabs) in 1967, but in 1969 all soldiers are still wearing the old style. See more
I am not a "peacenik", Captain; I just don't agree with the reasons behind this particular war, and I feel if we're gonna fight it we oughtta goddamn fight it right.
Written by Tom Springfield
and Jim Dale
Performed by The Seekers
Courtesy of EMI Records, Inc. See more