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5.tifChina Beach was hailed as groundbreaking television when it debuted on ABC in 1988. At that time, the Vietnam experience was seen primarily through the eyes of men, in films like Platoon and Full Metal Jacket, and on TV on shows like Tour of Duty. Vietnam vet and journalist William Broyles Jr. and John Sacret Young decided to deliver the war from the perspective of the women, military personnel and civilians who were present during the conflict. Set in the Vietnam locale of China Beach, at the “Five and Dime”, also known as the 510th Evacuation Hospital and R&R center, the cast was made up of US Army doctors and nurses, officers, soldiers, Red Cross volunteers and civilian personnel, either on leave or at the end of their tour of duty.