China Beach (1988): S01E03 – Somewhere Over the Radio


China Beach is an American dramatic television series set at an evacuation hospital during the Vietnam War.

The title refers to My Khe beach in the city of Đà Nẵng, Vietnam, nicknamed “China Beach” in English by American and Australian soldiers during the Vietnam War. The ABC TV drama aired for four seasons, from 1988 to 1991.


Laurette grows closer to Boonie, but does not understand his reticence to talk about his experiences in combat. Seeking to understand him better, she fills in for a Red Cross nurse on a trip with Lila and Cherry to visit a legendary Special Forces captain and his unit at a firebase. The three survive a helicopter crash and encounter the captain’s jungle-crazed Special Forces unit, now led by a radio operator who refuses access to the captain and the radio to call for help. While Lila argues with the radio operator to meet the captain, Laurette discovers not all is as it seems. Dr. Richard, on the eve of his R&R leave, performs a touch-and-go surgical battle to remove a live mortar lodged inside a wounded soldier. Richard removes the mortar, but suffers a head injury as he tries to dispose of the live round. Worried about the women, K.C. calls on Boonie, who musters the strength to join a rescue attempt. Richard departs for R&R with a last-minute gift from K.C.

China Beach Series

You can find a full index and overview of China Beach here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 11 May 1988.
  • Running Time: 46-47 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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