‘Platoon’ Plot Summary
Chris Taylor is a young, naive American who gives up college to volunteer for combat in Vietnam. Upon arrival, he learns his presence is nonessential, and the other soldiers consider him insignificant; mostly due to the fact he has neither fought as long as the rest of them nor felt the horrors of war. With Chris are two non-commissioned officers consisting of an ill-tempered Staff Sergeant named Robert Barnes and a more pleasant Sergeant named Elias Grodin. When an illegal killing occurs during a village raid, a wedge forms between the two NCOs and a number of men in the platoon. As the war continues, Chris struggles for survival. He soon realizes he is fighting two battles; the conflict with the enemy, and the conflict between the men within his platoon.
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