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Season 3 COMBAT! episodes:
[Season 3: Overview]
[Silver Service]
[The Long Walk]
[Mountain Man]
[The Duel]
[Operation Fly Trap]
[The Impostor]
[Losers Cry Deal]
[Point of View]
[Brother, Brother]
[The Hard Way Back]
[The Little Carousel]
[Fly Away Home]
[A Rare Vintage]
[The Enemy]
[A Gift of Hope]
[A Walk with an Eagle]
[Birthday Cake]
[The Cassock]
[The Town that Went Away]
[The Convict]
[The Steeple]
[More than a Soldier]
[The Long Wait]
[The Tree of Moray]
[Cry in the Ruins]
[The Hell Machine]
[Billy the Kid]
[Beneath the Ashes]

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Combat! reviews by Jo Davidsmeyer * Episodes rated from 0 to 4 bayonets 

(Chad Everett and Dick Peabody)

(095) Beneath the Ashes

RATING: 3-1/2 bayonets

Teleplay by George F. Slavin and Richard P. McDonagh
Story by Richard P. McDonagh
Directed by John Peyser
First aired 27-Apr-1965
Episode 32 of Season 3


Hanley receives a scrawled letter saying that the wife of one of his men, Kovac, is dying. To spare the soldier unnecessary anxiety, Hanley withholds the letter pending verification. But Kovac and the squad are mising in action by the time the Red Cross confirms that Mrs. Kovac is dying. When the squad finally returns, it is too late, and Kovac vows to make Hanley pay.


"Beneath the Ashes" has Saunders-to-the-rescue again in a slightly schizophrenic episode that is fun to watch. The weakly structured script presents two disjointed story lines that bump up against each other. But they are two marvelous stories, allowing special acting moments and character development.

In story one, Saunders and squad are trapped in a German-held town with a wounded Littlejohn. In story two, Hanley comes to terms with guilt over an MIA squad and a murderous GI bent on avenging himself on Hanley.

The ending of the show suffers from use of stock-footage from previous episodes. The fight in the woods has no original footage until Hanley is shown pinned in the crater. Prior to that, it is all reused shots from six (possibly more) previous episodes. Even the Germans that pin down Hanley are from another episode. When the wounded Kirby explains about the battle he was just in, his description does not match the scenes.

Too much talking, not enough "real" action. Saunders comes over the hill in the end to save a wounded Hanley C after giving the patented pep talk (PFC version) to Chad Everett. Great performances from Jason, Morrow, Peabody, and guest star Chad Everett.


  • Second appearance this season of Robert Fortier as Captain Jampel. Episode shows that Hanley's platoon is actually part of a company that includes other lieutenants and a C.O.
  •  Saunders has a great line after being MIA three days: "I guess we're late."
  •  Rick Jason again wears two pinky rings.
  •  The closeup of Saunders running and throwing the second grenade at the end of the episode is actually Earl Parker. Parker could stand in for Vic just a few feet away from the camera without anyone knowing it was him.
  •  This episode is the only story credit for Richard P. McDonagh, who was the Combat! story consultant for seasons two through five.
  •  Chad Everett first became known in a short television series playing a deputy in "The Dakotas" (1963). He is probably best known for his seven-year run as Dr. Joe Gannon in the television series "Medical Center" (1969) which earned him two Golden Globe Awards and Emmy Nominations. After "Medical Center" was cancelled, Chad had a featured role in the mini series "Centennial" and was in the lead title role in "Hagen (1980). In the early eighties, Chad was in television films and did guest appearances on "The Love Boat" and "Murder She Wrote," among others. Chad's recent roles include the remake of Psycho (1998) and Mulholland Drive (2001). He recently completed a new film with Gwyneth Paltrow, set for 2003 release. Chad is married to his wife Shelby Grant and they have three daughters.
    (See also Chad Everett DVDs and Chad Everett DVDs)


Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders

Guest Star
Chad Everett as Steve Kovac

Jack Hogan as Kirby
Conlan Carter as Doc
Dick Peabody as Littlejohn
Pierre Jalbert as Caje

Noam Pitlik as Mac
Robert Fortier as Capt. Jampel
Robert Champion as German Capt.
Gregory Mullavy as German Sgt.
Heber Jentzsch as German Lt.
John Gilgreen as Ambulance Driver
Robert Glenn as Lt. Coates

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