Into Harm's Way is a 2012 American documentary produced and directed by Jordan Kronick for the Center for Oral History at West Point. The Center's director, noted journalist Todd Brewster, served as the film's Executive Producer. The film features a series of interviews with the members of the West Point Class of 1967 and their experiences during their college career at West Point and later in the Vietnam War.
On July 1, 1963, 846 young men entered the United States Military Academy at West Point. The United States was at peace at the time. When 583 cadets graduated on June 7, 1967, the Vietnam War was escalating. The documentary explores the lives and experiences of the men who attended West Point from 1963-1967 and fought in Vietnam after their graduation.
The films ends with the following comments: Thirty members of the Class of 1967 were killed in action in Vietnam. Class members earned more than 145 Purple Heart decorations and more than 330 awards for valor. A majority of class members stayed on beyond their four-year service commitments. Three of them rose to become four-star generals, one a two-star admiral. Two became space shuttle astronauts.
Of those who left active duty, some became civilian leaders of the military, including Secretary of the Army and Assistant Secretary of the Air Force. Others rose to the highest levels of corporate America.
In war and peace, the Class of 1967 contributed more than 8,000 years of active military service to the nation.
John F. Kennedy (commencement address at West Point, 1962)
Lyndon Baines Johnson (Gulf of Tomkin Announcement, August 4, 1964)
General William Westmoreland (Address to Congress requesting more troops, April 24, 1967)
The film opened at the GI Film Festival on May 15, 2012.
GI Film Festival in Washington DC
According to Dan Gagliasso, writing for the opinion website Breitbart.com, the film "is a proud, heartfelt and introspective look at the young men who chose a professional army officer’s career path without anticipation of war, knowing that the possibility is always somewhere on the horizon." (...) "Into Harms Way is a film that inspires, educates and brings humanity, loss, and dignity to the West Point graduates' commitment, way of life, and sacrifices."