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The working title of the film was Rookie in Korea. The film opens with the following written dedication: "Early in August, 1950, PFC John J. McCormick, of Collindale, PA, wrote a letter to his wife and two children. On August 10, 1950 PFC McCormick was killed in action. The text of the letter is destined to become an historic document. While no events in this film are intended to portray the life of PFC McCormick, the picture was inspired by his letter, and is respectfully dedicated to his memory."