The Real Platoon Leader in Platoon

30 01 2008

An article by Bob Johnson

QUOTE: Although flawed with dramatic license, [Platoon] was based on Stone’s actual experiences with 2nd platoon, B Company, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, of the 25th Infantry Division. Leading that platoon was Second Lieutenant Steve Wilder.(…)

After a few months at Polk, Wilder came down on orders for Vietnam, arriving there in September 1967. He took over 2nd platoon of Bravo Company, 3/22 and was on his first trip to the field when his company commander stepped on a mine and was replaced by Captain Bob Hemphill. Hemphill later wrote the book Platoon, Bravo Company partly to dispel the literary license taken by Stone in Platoon.

Advertisements

Actions

Information

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




%d bloggers like this: