1 9 6 2 – 1 9 6 7 (USA)
152 x 60 minute episodes
The longest-running WWII series on television, this one-hour drama followed a frontline American infantry squad – Second Platoon, K Company – as they battled their way across Europe following the allied D-Day invasion.
With mud-splattered realism (original World War II battle footage was included in some episodes) the show offered character studies of men striving to maintain their own humanity in the midst of a world torn by war.
The stories ranged from straight combat adventure to human interest and sometimes humorous themes.
Among the regulars were Private Braddock (the platoon comic and resident hustler), Caje, (the sly, dark-haired Cajun) and Doc Walton (the young, sensitive medical aid man).
Out in front were the tough, hard-boiled leaders, Lieutenant Gil Hanley (Rick Jason) and Sergeant Chip Saunders (Vic Morrow).
Great special effects and drama that reflected real war. They don’t make em’ like this anymore.
Lt. Gil Hanley
Sgt. Chip Saunders
PFC Paul “Caje” Lemay
Pvt. William “Wildman” Kirby
Steven Rogers (1)
Conlan Carter (2)
Pvt. Billy Nelson