The title refers to the U.S. Army's former "MOS" (job code) for a combat cameraman. The story follows a unit of American G.I.s in Vietnam, all with different backgrounds and motives for being there, through the lens of his camera.
Patrick Sheane Duncan
This series offers an unflinching look at the "tours of duty" of several members of a platoon during the Vietnam War. Death is inevitable in war, and major characters do die. The protagonists face the Viet Cong, social disapproval, and sometimes themselves over the course of the series.Written by
Jason A. Cormier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
While the Special Operations Group, or S.O.G., that the unit joins in season three usually recruited from special forces outfits, they did take operators from regular infantry units. One such example is Franklin D. Miller, who did seven tours of duty, spending seven years in Vietnam, winning countless decorations and medals including the Medal Of Honor during a hellish and intense mission. Frank started out in an infantry platoon just like the fictional characters on the show, and spent two years "in the bush" before he'd even heard of the special forces, much less MACV-SOG. But upon hearing about them, he applied and after a rigorous selection process he made the cut. So while it's possible for a regular infantry soldier to have made it in, S.O.G. never wrangled entire squads or units into their operation as is depicted in season three. However, when they join, it is stated that heavy casualties have left the unit seriously under strength, so Goldman and his men are recruited as a stop-gap measure. See more »
In all the episodes of 1st and 2nd season, quite a few characters (Taylor, Johnson, Purcell) wear helmets with chinstraps from 1970s. See more »
TOUR OF DUTY, like Oliver Stone's PLATOON only a year before,
shows the emotional, social, and mental sides of the Vietnam War. In oppose to those larger than life war shows and movies (including THE A-TEAM or RAMBO II), the purpose of TOUR OF DUTY is to display how the young American troops felt and experience regarding the horrors of war, and they do a fine job at that. Terrance Knox and Stephen
Caffrey are fine as the leaders the platoon in subject.
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