It’s the early 60’s…. Gunfire can be heard… everywhere!

As I play in my backyard, I ask my mom, “where’s all that noise coming from?” She answers, “MGM… It’s a block away.” They film Combat there. That’s what you’re hearing.”


Well, this plants a seed in my young, fertile mind. In the days and months ahead, my neighborhood friends and I will walk the studio fence line, peeking through the holes in the fence, looking for Sgt. Saunders, better known as Vic Morrow, the star. He is my hero.

We can see smoke, and explosions. We hear gunfire…direction is given through commands using megaphones. We and are completely awe struck. We want so much to see what is happening on the other side of the fence, but this will take time, as we are young, and a bit overwhelmed. We are happy with this experience, for the moment, but can’t even imagine what is next…


Written and lived by Donnie Norden…