Skip to comments.Combat! - 'A Day in June' -
Posted on 03/07/2014 7:02:54 PM PST by virgil283
In a flashback story told as the men rest on a rainy night, Sgt. Saunders recalls the experiences of himself and several other men on the day of the D-Day invasion, including tales about Braddock, who won the platoon pool for when the invasion would take place; Doc Walton, who was reluctant to go into battle; Caje (called "Caddie" in this episode), who is accompanied by another Cajun; and Lt. Hanley, who at the time was still a sergeant, and had little battle experience compared to Saunders. Following the landing, the men move inland and come upon a farmstead.......
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I loved this show as a kid. It led me to read every account of WWII I could get my hands on, which led me to reading and studying military history books in general.
A different effect on me as a 7 year-old:
Put on cammo;
Crawl through woods with my fake rifle;
Shoot imaginary Germans.
Never missed the show.
Damn that brought back memories, watching Combat and The Rat Patrol then going out and playing army. Today if kids went out and played army they would risk getting shot by some chickenspit psycho cop.
Spent many a Saturday "digging in" with my squad of buddies and taking on the designated neighborhood Germans.
Did you wade through the ponds with yer rifle over yer head, brother?? :^)
The biggest drag was getting the command to return to base: street lights coming on....
I also loved this show as a kid.
Eventually, I enlisted in the Marine Corps.
I loved that show as a kid. Never missed it.
Have a great memory of Vic Morrow in the
mess hall in Quang Tri.One of the guys asked
him if he’d like to go on patrol with us joking.
Seemed like a great guy.
Had to be to have been over there entertaining troops.
Hated it when he got killed by that sob Landis.
Yeah, those General Mom troop recalls always came at an inopportune time- just as we were beginning to roll back the huns....
I didn’t know that show was still on. I used to watch it and “Citizen Soldier” probably back in the 50s or 60s. Also had my favorite comic book, other than Superboy, it was “Sgt Rock”.
I noticed the “Military Channel” is changing it’s name to the American Hero Channel”. they are advertising a show on Monday night about the combat engineers who stopped Pieper’s near breakthrough to Antwerp.
We played a lot of army, especially when I lived in Yokosuka and Subic in the Sixties.
We usually had between five to ten kids playing. Some had to be Japanese. Some had to be German.
Everybody had to die.
It’s what kids used to do. Later in life I wondered what some of those Marines on the base were thinking as they watched us, many of them having served in Vietnam.
Heh, times were so different. That’s the way it was. I do feel bad for kids nowadays. I don’t think they have the freedom many of us had. I remember being six or seven, and thinking nothing of walking miles from my house, picking up bottles to cash in for candy at a economically depressed part of the area.
Now they would have your parents in front of DYS for neglect. Amazing.
Hahaha...my mom had a bell on the back porch.
When she rang, you had to go. No questions asked, because it was dinner.
Later, when we went back out, it was 9:00. Funny, my parents didn’t brook being late for dinner, but later in the evening if you came in ten or fifteen minutes late, it was no big deal.
Dinner was different.
Loved it as a kid and recorded every episode during its run on Encore 10 years or so ago. Talks were underway for a movie back the late 90s, but never materialized. Just as well - there have been enough real accounts covered since then, such as Band of Brothers, to make a fictionalized movie kind of pointless....
Hanley, Saunders, Kirby, Caje, and Littlejohn shot Krauts, not Germans.
....Don't remember Citizen Soldier What was it about ? ....
The one show I'd like to see again was 'The Gallant Men', I think that was the title . It came out about the time of 'Combat!'....
Citizen Soldier was about the same as “Combat” except I think they had a different cast every week.
Or worse. Some cop shooting you for carrying a toy weapon and aiming it at other kids.
I remember this show when I was a kid, would watch it as frequently as I could. One of the things I remember was the Vic Morrow character always saying to Kirby, “Kirby, take the point.” Always felt a little sorry for Kirby!
When I was young, six days a week we had a sit down supper. Mon - Fri was at 6:00 pm, Sunday at 1:00 two hours after we got back from church. Saturday was Mom’s day off, hotdogs, burgers, simple stuff like that. There were seven kids and the worse thing was to be late for dinner. Very few excuses accepted. Also, each kid would take turns saying Grace before dinner. Naturally, there were many arguments about who actually said Grace the night before. My brother and I used to see how fast we could say the Grace before getting caught. Funny how something can bring back a memory, I haven’t thought about racing through Grace in years.
I saw these when they were still not reruns, but that is the first time I ever saw the very first one
CAGE known as Caddie?? Was that his real name on the show?
And we always spelled it CAGE, is it supposed to be CAJ?
I have a lot of Air Force in my family! Someone had to break the mold! lol
Wiki says : Pierre Jalbert as PFC Paul "Caje" LeMay.......Caje for Cajun is my guess...
I remember Vic Morrow was the only one on TV who knew to fire the Thompson in bursts of 3 or 4 and not rattle off a whole clip each time.....
My old Man had a hand the size of a catchers mitt, screw up at the table an amazingly quick whack to the head. The Old Man loved proper decorum.
I thought about the Marines when enlisting, but out of respect and honor for my dad, who was a combat pilot in the Pacific in WW2, I opted for the Air Force.
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