In the late 60s, during the Vietnam War, the idealistic soldier Jackie Willow arrives at Fort Meyer expecting to go to the Academy and then to the Vietnam War. Jackie is the son of a veteran sergeant and soon he becomes the protégé of the former friends of his father, Sergeant Clell Hazard and Sergeant Major 'Goody' Nelson. Jackie is promoted and gets married with his childhood friend Rachel Feld, to recommend Jackie to the Academy. He is promoted to lieutenant and asks to go to the Vietnam, returning to the Arlington National Cemetery.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The story of the war at home, and the people who lived through it.
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Did You Know?
During the parade field ceremony sequence, the announcer says, "The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps is led today by Drum Major Phipps." When this movie was shot, one of the actual Drum Majors of the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps at the time, was Sergeant First Class Steven Phipps, and he was leading the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps for that scene in the movie. See more
The name tags on uniforms are white US Army changed to subdued (black letters on olive drab tabs) in 1967, but in 1969 all soldiers are still wearing the old style. See more
I am not a "peacenik", Captain; I just don't agree with the reasons behind this particular war, and I feel if we're gonna fight it we oughtta goddamn fight it right.
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I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Written by Norman Whitfield
and Barrett Strong
Performed by Marvin Gaye
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