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Training Thoughts on the Production
Vietnam War Story--The Facts Behind the Story
This anthology series for television was yet another effort to capitalize on the popularity of Vietnam-themed stories following the staggering success of Platoon. The idea was to explore the entire American experience during the 10 years we were involved in Southeast Asia. Each story was to be a stand-alone piece focusing on one aspect or another of a tour of duty in Vietnam.
We helped in the conceptual phases, mainly talking to producers and writers about such things as arrival in country, R&R, long-range patrols, life in the field and other details. As story lines developed, we would carefully pick a time period and unit that would most believably illustrate the subject.