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.
Actual Vietnam War veterans, including nurses, doctors, American Red Cross and USO volunteers, soldiers, and journalists, give accounts of their experiences. Their interviews are intercut with scenes from previous episodes to show the realism of the show.
Specific real-life stories from veterans recounted in the episode that were adapted for the show include Laurette’s comforting of a dying soldier with her photo (“China Beach”), ladies-only latrines at firebases and opulent dinners with womanising generals (“Lost & Found: Part 01”), Wayloo Marie’s embarrassing injury (“Lost & Found: Part 02”), and military hospital staff treating injured children after shelling (“X-Mas Chn. Bch. VN, ’67”).
China Beach Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 15 March 1989.
- Running Time: 46-47 minutes.
- Rating: Unknown.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.