A murdered shoe-shine man turns out to be a veteran who was trying to return the Bronze Star he received during the Vietnam War.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nora Lewin (credit only)
Nolan Tinsdale
Jack Willis ...
Stan Fletcher
Charles Brown ...
Stephen Morehouse
V. Craig Heidenreich ...
(as V Craig Heidenreich)
Dan Desmond ...
(as Daniel Desmond)
Thu Do ...
Hon Trung
Translator (as Leon Quangle)


When a homeless man is found dead an investigation uncovers that he's a Vietnam veteran. And it's discovered that he was going to reveal something about his service in Vietnam. It seems that a couple of the men who served with him, didn't want him to. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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3 October 2001 (USA)  »

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The funeral for the victim, Joe Eastman, was peculiar. As a veteran, he is eligible for a full funeral service paid for and conducted by members of the US Army. The playing with of "Taps" on a tape recorder by a uniformed officer is not the proper portrayal of a funeral for a war veteran. See more »


A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: Gardner's accepted our offer of man two. She intends to ask the judge for the minimum.
Jack McCoy: A mayor and an oil executive. I'm sure she'll make a strong case. I think there were mitigating factors.
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: Based on what they did or who they are?
Jack McCoy: They were kids. Kids armed to the teeth, put in a place where most of the time they couldn't tell who was for them and who was against them. We need to be careful how we judge.
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Vietnam, not so long ago and far away
1 January 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The victim in this case was about as far down on the economic scale as you can get. A vagabond who worked as a shoeshine man near the courthouses downtown he's found in that area beaten to death. The investigation only goes so far and the DA's office personally takes it over.

What Sam Waterston and Elizabeth Rohm find is that he was decorated for his valor during a fire fight at a village in Vietnam. But this thing turns out to be more like a mini version of My Lai.

Three men, Stephen Morehouse, Jack Willis, and Charles Brown who are all pretty successful now were in Vietnam with the deceased. They have no reason for wanting what happened over there to come out now. That makes them suspects in the eyes of the law.

The show is quite an indictment on how we treat our veterans, then and now.

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