Ken Berry (Lt. Parnell Murphy)Jim Hutton (Cpl. Bill Lukens)Trini López (Pvt. Sam Rivera)Don Marshall (Pvt. Carver LeMoyne)Ralph Meeker (Capt. Luke Danvers)Cameron Mitchell (Sgt. Marion Bryce)Warren Oates (Cpl. Leroy Sprague)Richard Young (Pvt. Golden)Michael St. George (Cpl. Bates)Soon-Tek Oh (Korean Officer)
During the Korean War, a newly commissioned lieutenant finds that he and his men are trapped after the enemy surrounds their position. Despite having had no leadership training, he uses ancient tactics he remembers from his history books to try to get them out of their seemingly hopeless situation.