National Geographic Channel’s Brothers in War tells the story of Charlie Company, one of the last combat infantry companies sent to fight in Vietnam. Inspired by the book The Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam, the two-hour documentary narrated by Charlie Sheen (Platoon) will premiere on March 26, 2014 at 8pm ET/PT on NGC.
In the powerful documentary, the surviving men of Charlie Company reunite 50 years after their tour of duty in Vietnam to talk about their experiences under fire far from home. Brothers in War features first-person accounts of Charlie Company’s time in the Mekong Delta as well as archival footage, home movies, and audio tapes.
Details on Brothers in War [Courtesy of NGC]
During their one-year deployment, these brave soldiers were confronted with both sides of death. They grieved for fallen comrades and the guilt of killing their enemy. Team leader in the 1st Platoon, John Sclimenti, explains, “When you’re in battle, your training takes over, your emotions are on auto-pilot. What’s tough for you is when the battle stops. When the battle stops, all of a sudden you start thinking.”
These men’s stories are raw, heartfelt and gut-wrenching. They talk about the horrors they experienced both in the heat of battle and in its bloody aftermath. Sclimenti remembers retrieving bodies after their largest and deadliest battle: “One of the things that struck me the most is that I would find a body and their helmet would be off their head and it would be laying beside them and there would be a picture of their girlfriend or their wife or their family inside their helmets. And that struck me because in my mind I was picking up a soldier, but then when I saw the helmet with the pictures inside, I was picking up a family member, a father, or a brother, or a son.”
Brothers in War sheds light on the many aspects of war that Vietnam soldiers faced. Aside from the casualties of battle and heroic acts of bravery in the field, the veterans featured in the film also recall some of the lighter moments that helped forge lifelong friendships. To this day, they still remember who got the best care packages, funny nicknames, the swimming pool back at base and even an instance where they used marijuana leaves as camouflage.
War in Vietnam for the men of Charlie Company was unlike anything they could have imagined. By the end of their yearlong combat tour, Charlie Company suffered 26 killed and 105 wounded — a total casualty rate of just over 80 percent. They were among the first U.S. servicemen to return home not to open arms, but to jeering, cursing protestors.
Today, the survivors of Charlie Company still get together regularly.
Source: National Geographic Channel
-Posted by Rebecca Murray
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