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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 

(088) More Than a Soldier


3.5 bayonets

Written by Shirl Hendryx
Directed by Bernard McEveety
First aired 26-Jan-1965
Episode 19 of Season 3


Saunders and a young soldier, Private Carey, are in a fight for their lives the Germans. But Carey has never killed anything or anybody, and will not defend himself. Saunders and he become trapped in a mine with a wounded German who pinned beneath the rubble. When the Americans escape and Saunders is wounded, Carey considers abandoning the German to a ghastly death in the darkness.


This story deals with the integral Combat! theme: the search for how to remain true to your own moral integrity while still being a soldier. In "More than A Soldier," Tommy Sands first learns the high price to be paid for failing as a soldier, and then questions the difference between being a murderer and being a soldier. This episode employs the oft-used device of trapping a soldier under a beam (a plot used five times in Combat!)

Director Bernard McEveety provides great action scenes: beautifully choreographed and emotionally riveting. His camera lingers tenderly on the weapons of war and on the men handling them. But he also brings a light touch to the intimate scenes in the cave as Saunders and Carey deal with life, death, and morality.


As Saunders is digging, he scrapes his knuckles and seems to whisper "damn." His knuckles in later scenes are scraped.

This episode has the shortest credit list in the series, though the cast is fairly large (the opening battle sequence uses many extras and stuntmen).


Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders
Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley [does not appear]

Guest Star Tommy Sands as Carey
Ron Soble as German Sergeant

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