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Marine Maj. Greg Donahue anxiously awaits orders to Vietnam because his brother Gary, a physician, has been captured by the Vietcong. Donahue and his unit land in Da Nang, and there they learn that Gary will be killed unless he treats wounded Vietcong. Donahue receives permission from his superiors to help his brother; and, aided by Sgt. Bill Gabreski, French priest Jacques Bourget, and Mic Phin, a Vietnamese, Donahue makes his way through the jungle to the abandoned French garrison where his brother is being held. Gabreski is killed in an ambush, and though Mic Phin is seriously wounded by a boobytrap, he nevertheless enters the camp, helps Gary escape, and takes him to his brother and Bourget. Soon afterwards, the party is attacked by guerrillas, but a reconnaissance Marine helicopter gives Donahue and the others enough support to stage a fight. With rescue only minutes away, the party is assaulted, and both Bourget and Mic Phin are killed. As the Donahue brothers are taken away in the helicopter, they notice that friendly Vietnamese soldiers are taking precautions to ensure proper burial of their comrades.