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Vietnam War Story--Training


Prime mover for Warriors Inc. on this project was Russ Thurman, a long time Marine friend of mine from Vietnam days. Russ no longer works for Warriors, but he was a genuine asset on this anthology project.

Since each story in the series might deal with a different service, time period, combat unit or subject matter, Russ and I designed a basic training curriculum that we hoped would be broad enough to give the actors a taste of what service in Vietnam was like. It was extremely difficult to be specific, but we worked out a deal to take different actors in each episode through a day or two of generic field training and then on to the specifics they would need in an episode. Since the entire series was shot in Los Angeles, we became very familiar with the rugged terrain around Vasquez Rocks, a location used by film-makers for years.