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Calvin Graham
Jon DeVries ...
Captain Gatch (as Jon De Vries)
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Calvin's Mother
Rick Warner ...
Holbrook
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Davy Cluff (as Thomas Mills Wood)
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Laslo
John Linton ...
Scotty Bloxom
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Sparky
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MacBride
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Cracker (as Ron Shelley)
Christopher Yohe ...
Frank (as Christopher Yore)
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Necker
Thomas McGovern ...
Turkel
Carl Mueller ...
Shriver
Mert Hatfield ...
Harry
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The true story of Calvin Graham who at the age of twelve, but looking quite a lot older, succeeded in joining the navy during World War II. In spite of his young age, he received a purple hart for his bravery in the battle of Guadalcanal. When he reported back to his unit after a leave, his world collapsed. Due to a misunderstanding he is reported as a deserter which is the start of a real nightmare. Written by Willy Vanhaelen <willy.vanhaelen@advalvas.be>

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The U.S. Navy couldn't tell they had a 12 yr old kid on their hands?
31 October 2003 | by (Auburn, Me) – See all my reviews

The makers of this made for TV film of course had a tough call when it came to casting the part of the principal character Calvin Graham. They had to find a professional actor who could pass for a 12 yr old who just happened to look a little older (at least 17). They chose Rick Schroder who was 18 at the time this film was made which in my opinion is pretty close. The film is certainly not of Oscar caliber as most made for TV films are but it isn't all that bad. If it does nothing else it at least tells yet another chapter of the U.S. in WWII. This time the story of underage boys who managed to get in the service. It is hard however to believe that the U.S. Navy could not detect the fact that this was just a 12 yr old kid. In most of the other cases it involved 15 and 16 yr olds passing for 17. It shows in the film how he got past his induction physical but once in basic training at additional physicals and dental exams he would have been detected by qualified medical and dental personnel and sent home. So as a Naval veteran myself it left me with the feeling that the Navy knew they had a way underage boy on their hands and decided to look the other way on it until the heat came down on them as they always seem to do. I was not surprised in the least however at how the Navy handled the affair once it was unmasked. Aside from the true tale of this the film is not bad and has the always enjoyable human interest side to it to help it along.


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