Tour of Duty: Season 1, Episode 14

Under Siege (11 Feb. 1988)

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Sgt. Anderson and Lt. Goldman must prepare Firbase Ladybird's defences on the eve of a massive NVA attack... See full synopsis »

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Pvt. Roger Horn (as Joshua Maurer)
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Stan Foster ...
Spec. Marvin Johnson
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Pvt. Alberto Ruiz (as Ramon Franco)
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Pvt. Marcus Taylor (as Miguel A. Nunez Jr.)
Kristoffer Tabori ...
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Ched Parrott ...
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The transformation of Firebase Ladybird into an effective fortification complex is superb to watch. Anderson is recommended for a Silver Star for his leadership and courage
17 August 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

A new captain arrives at Firebase Ladybird in the wake of Captain 'Rusty' Wallace's death in the episode "Pushin' Too Hard". He has come from a desk job in Saigon and brings many privileges for the men - such as the latest records and soft drinks, and encourages them to make high body counts out on their patrols by awarding 'kill points' to every squad. Once they hit a certain number they'll receive extra R&R. The men begin pushing themselves, and Sgt. Anderson is furious when he finds an exhausted Baker ready to collapse out on patrol one day because he is carrying too much ammo. Doc Matsuda informs Taylor and Johnson that he has only fifteen days and a wake up before he rotates home, but he has re-enlisted because of a deal with the army that will send him to medical school after the war. Sgt. Anderson and Lt. Goldman retreat from the jungle surrounding the base after they find that they are in way over their heads when they discover tracks that indicate a large force of NVA mainforce moving around them. The captain is furious at this, as he believes that the men should have pushed on and made contact, just so he would have something to get on to Brigade about. Sgt. Anderson informs him that he values the lives of his men more than a few kills. In the wake of the new findings that a possible NVA push is in progress, Anderson and Goldman take it upon themselves to fortify the poorly equipped base. Anderson instructs the men to dig trenches, string up barbed wire and to dig bunkers. He also trip-wires the perimeter and mines the place. The captain is furious that Goldman has gone against his orders. And what are they to do? They are hopelessly outnumbered out here at a remote firebase with an incompetent captain. Anderson sends a squad out on recon and they later find them dead, naked and strung up in the trees. NVA speakers are put up around the jungle and propaganda is screamed at the men just before the first wave attacks the base. The captain finds their situation futile as he cannot receive any air support. In the fighting, the Doc is killed. Anderson leads the men back into the heart of the base and sets off his booby traps, killing a large amount of NVA before burying the men in the bunker with one last detonation. Reinforcements arrive the next morning, and its a miracle that the men of Bravo Company are dug out of the bunker alive. The captain puts in a recommendation for a Silver Star for Sgt. Anderson. "Under Siege" is without a doubt one of the best episodes of the entire "Tour of Duty" series. It's very exciting and full of drama, and Sgt. Anderson's cunning leadership is a joy to watch. This episode goes to show how dangerous it is in war zones to have an incompetent, stubborn leader like the new captain here, as he jeopardizes the men's lives on more than one occasion with his disillusions about how the war should be fought. A superb episode; one of my favourites. On a sad note, this episode marks the end of the Japanese-American Doc Matsuda, who is killed in action during the retreat to the bunker at the end as he stops to tend to one of the men. Cadwell - the young soldier with the large glasses who arrived at the base not so long ago - is seriously wounded during a mortar barrage and Purcell carries him to the first Aid tent that the Doc had set up before nightfall when the attacks intensify.


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