• Recently returned from the Korean War, Medal of Honor honoree Sergeant Raymond Shaw pays a visit to a soldier's family; he is due in Washington within the week to accept his Medal of Honor, and so Shaw's taking time out to visit the family of a fallen comrade is news for a local reporter.
• The FBI arrives the next morning, while Shaw and the young newspaperwoman are in the act of sex, to take him to Washington for a parade in his honor, arranged by his mother, the wife of influential senator Johnny Iselin.
• In a flashback to the Korean War, two American soldiers decide to visit a brothel, while Raymond Shaw remarks he is not interested in sex at all; he is universally disliked by his company, with the sole exception of Captain Marco.
• On a reconnaissance mission, the company is betrayed by...
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