wayne_poster.jpg width=200 >In 1968 John Way
ne and Company released a movie that would ignite both praise and criticism not just for him but for an operation that was only meant to be an advisory action. Unfortunately the criticism would continue into the 21st century. Way
ne had grown tired of the anti-war movement and the President's ill regard for his troops and set out
to show what the U.S. Serviceman was up against in Vietnam. In 1966, while touring combat Army, Marine, and Naval units in Vietnam, he received a dose of what the media was not showing. The humane, gentle, caring side of the serviceman patching wounded children, housing homeless children, feeding and aiding villages, and rebuilding as they went. He also got to hear what the soldier was doing to combat the enemy whether in Sout
h Vietnam or in the North. Way
ne wanted the American public to have a glimpse of what their fathers, brothers, mothers, and sisters were doing there. He wanted to give the anti-war crowd something to think about
In 1967 with the help of the U.S. Army and the men and women soldiers of Forts Benning and Rucker, John Way
ne began working on an epic pro-war movie. This movie would encompass everything the soldier was involved in without
any details or going into any specific training. It would involve everything he saw the U.S. Serviceman doing while on his tour in Vietnam without
special operations or specific tactics. But it would give the public a look at one tool they had not really ever heard about
. A tool that to this day is still used in the manner in which John Way
ne had presented it in 1968. That tool was the U.S. Army Special Forces: they are also known as the Green Berets.
Filmed on location in Western Georgia and Sout
h Eastern Alabama, The Green Berets was a film about
those men in the special operations role that were doing a very hard job. That job was two-fold; eliminate the enemy and gain the trust and help of the local indigenous population. Way
ne took his image of the U.S. Soldier and incorporated it into every aspect of the movie. From the servicemen arriving daily at the airbases, to the soldier in the field patching a wounded village child, he wanted to portray the soldier in a light not seen in the United States. He wanted everyone to know that the U.S. Soldier was neither a barbarian nor a killer and that each and every one worked tirelessly to help Sout
h Vietnam maintain its freedom from Communism.
Though John Way
ne never served in the military, he made U.S. Service members his main priority. Whether traveling to overseas bases for USO shows or traveling on his own, he wanted them to know he cared and that they were being thought of back home.