Tour of Duty

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

12
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 24, 1987 on CBS
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1967. Central Highlands, South Vietnam. Sgt. Zeke Anderson, serving his 3rd tour of duty is an experienced soldier who knows nothing else but war and has no family to go home to. During his 2nd tour, his wife took their daughter. All he has is his letters and photos. Sgt. Anderson and a few of his men are on the outskirts of their base, Firebase Ladybird, keeping watch. Soon the base is overrun with Vietcong. Sgt. Anderson is forced to retreat back to the base. Meanwhile the Vietcong surround the base and Capt. Wallace is forced to call for a dangerous air strike that could kill them all. Soon after American jets are dropping napalm on top of there own soldiers. When the dust clears, the wounded and dead are gathered Pvt. Marvin Johnston discovers his friend, Mickey, dead. Mickey is just one of the many friends lost in Vietnam. Capt. Wallace orders Sgt. Anderson to head back to headquarters to gather replacement soldiers. Back at headquarters Zeke questions many of the new soldiers. Zeke selects 4 men to join is platoon. Cpl. Danny Purcell is an enlisted soldier who is following in his father’s footsteps and believes in what his country is doing. Pvt. Scott Baker is strong physically but is not well educated. Pvt. Alberto Ruiz grew up on the streets of the Bronx and is looking for a good fight. Pvt. Roger Horn believes that the war is unjust and wont be apart of it, but Zeke still takes him. Later at Firebase Ladybird, Zeke meets his new platoon leader, Lt. Myron Goldman. Myron is the son of a decorated General and is by the book. Being new to combat, Capt. Wallace tells Myron to listen to Zeke, because of his combat experience, but the new Lt. isn't eager to listen. The next day the new platoon is sent on a mission to track the enemy that attacked them the day before. When the platoon is sent out in the field they are met with enemy fire. Lt. Goldman looks to go in for a full charge orders his men into fire, but is brought down by Sgt. Anderson who tells him that it suicidal to charge and suggests calling in artillery. Lt. Goldman threatens Zeke with a court marshal but takes the advice of his Sgt. and soon the enemy is killed. A few days later the platoon is scouting an area when they discover a large group of VC and what seems to be a base. Soon Pvt. Marvin Johnston and the others get revenge for their fellow soldiers when they take out the base and the men responsible for the attack on Firebase Ladybird. This begins a bond between a group of men who couldn’t be anymore different, but are joined together for one thing, survival.moreless

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Stephen Caffrey

Stephen Caffrey

Lt. Myron Goldman

Kim Delaney

Kim Delaney

Alex Devlin

John Dye

John Dye

Private Francis 'Doc Hock' Hockinberry

Alan Scarfe

Alan Scarfe

Col. Stringer

Terence Knox

Terence Knox

Sgt. Zeke Anderson

Eric Bruskotter

Eric Bruskotter

Pvt. Scott Baker

Bob Fimiani

Bob Fimiani

Major Braun

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Terry Cook

Terry Cook

Sgt Mad Dog

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Brian Kenton

Brian Kenton

Lt. Crippen

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