Tour of Duty

Season 1 Episode 21

The Hill

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 30, 1988 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • "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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

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