A Marine recruit's death may have been the result of a drill sergeant's vendetta.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.
Garry Walberg ...
Lt. Frank Monahan (credit only)
John S. Ragin ...
Dr. Robert Asten
Danny Tovo (credit only)
Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman ...
Sgt. Brill (credit only)
Colonel Hamel
Capt. Harry Collier
James Luisi ...
Col. Charles Casey
Pfc. Nathan Washington
Congressman Able
Floyd Levine ...
Major Levy
Sgt. Alistair Adams
Matthew Tobin ...
Major Phillips
Lieutenant Ellis


A Marine Corps Private dies during a night march in what appears to be a training accident. Since there is a question of what actually happened, Quincy is called in for a consultation to determine if this was an accident, a murder-cover up, or something else. Written by Inquisitive Quincy

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Drama | Mystery | Crime





Release Date:

15 March 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The helicopter used during the training sequence is a Boeing Vertol CH-46F Sea Knight, not to be confused with the larger CH-47 Chinook. Assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 164 (aka HMM-164), it was based out of Marine Corps Air Station Tustin in Santa Ana, California at the time of filming. The particular helicopter in question was either C/N 2526 (156458) or C/N 2528 (156456). Both entered service in 1969, were later converted to the CH-46E type, and were still operational as of the late 2000s. See more »

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Decent but the mystery wasn't all that mysterious.
21 April 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A Marine is found dead--face down in the water during a late night training exercise. The military approach Quincy, as they'd like to have an impartial pathologist examine the body. Quincy determines that the guy drowned, but, oddly, the water in the lungs appears to be from the bottom--and the guy never had time to sink to the bottom. No one thinks anything of it--other than Quincy.

As far as the case goes, the Marines are court martialling the man. The accused, the tough drill sergeant, readily takes the blame for it. And, a gung-ho Congressman, looking to grandstand, is anxious to blame the military for this death. No one seems to care that Quincy isn't 100% certain WHAT happened (what else is new?!).

This episode was a bit anti-climactic for me. I predicted the actual cause of death and figured out the chain of events well before the show ended. It reminded me, a bit, of the great war film "The Eagle and the Hawk"--which had a similar sort of ending. Overall, a good episode but far from a great one.

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