A true band of brothers, the Charlie Company was one of the last combat infantry companies in the Vietnam War to be drafted, trained and sent to battle together. Brothers In War tells the gripping story of the Charlie Company, tracing their journey of terror, pain and camaraderie from boot camp to combat to home.
Narrated by Charlie Sheen, who rose to stardom after his 1986 performance as a Vietnam soldier in the Academy Award-winning film Platoon, Brothers In War follows a group of boys with who, if nothing else, had one thing in common: they were removed from their familiar lives and thrown together eight thousand miles from home, tasked to fight and die for their country in a world far beyond their comprehension.
In 1967 the young soldiers of the Charlie Company were tasked to fight in one of Vietnam’s most difficult terrains: the Mekong Delta, homeland of the Viet Cong. The company entered an alien land of murderous heat, chest-deep mud, and unforgiving jungles festooned with deadly mines and booby traps. Masters of the delta, the Viet Cong hid in swamps and rice paddies, silently navigating the familiar terrain with ease as the American soldiers floundered.
For a year, the Charlie Company draftees chased the Viet Cong across the watery landscape, a war of stillness interrupted by sudden, terrible bursts of violence. By the end of that yearlong combat tour, the company had suffered tragic losses, with 25 soldiers killed and 105 wounded, only to return home to America to a growing tide of anti-war discontent. The shared horrors of their time in Vietnam bound the Charlie Company members for life. Today, the survivors of Charlie Company still get together every year for a reunion.
A true story of real patriotism, Brothers In War weaves together first-person accounts and digitally remastered archival footage, including the soldiers’ own home movies and personal audio tapes, to recount an important and difficult time in American history – and the young men who heroically sacrificed their lives in the process.
Watch the two-hour special on Wednesday, March 26 at 8P.