Tour of Duty

Season 1 Episode 21

The Hill

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 30, 1988 on CBS
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The Hill
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Goldman and Nikki have a great time on a brief R&R that they spend together on China Beach. Their reunion is marred by the fact that Nikki refuses to marry him, fearing he will be killed in combat. Goldman returns to Firebase Ladybird to find that his unit has been assigned to help take Hill 1000. They've taken it before and lost it before. And this battle promises to be the worst. Even after the bunker is finally taken, it is found empty. They go back down so that a plane can spray a defoliate. They must go back and take that hill yet again. Horn has, in the meantime, gotten in trouble with a young -- and new -- officer. Sitting at the bottom of the hill and awaiting the court-martial, he sees a wounded Taylor and he decides to go back with his buddies and fight. Horn is seriously wounded and sent home.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Music in this episode
        * You're All I Need to Get By - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Plays as Nikki and Myron spend some time at the beach on their R&R in Hawaii.
        * The Weight - The Band. Plays as the platoon, having retaken the hill at great cost, is ordered to come back down, leaving it to the enemy again.

      • This episode is based on Hamburger Hill in which 56 Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division were killed and over 420 wounded in the Six day battle. The Americans abandoned the Hill two days after leaving the NVA in sole position of it.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • "How can we justify sending our boys against a hill a dozen times or more until soldiers themselves question the madness of the action? -- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, May 1969."

    • NOTES (2)

      • This episode "The Hill" takes place before January, 1968, (start of Season 2) but after Captain Wallace's death, which we know to be 9th December 1967.

      • Episode inspired by the battle of Hamburger Hill in 1969 in which 70 Soldiers were killed and 372 wounded, the debate was wheter the hill was worth the lives of that many soldiers.

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