Ranks of the characters in Tour of Duty

Note: The rank of Specialist 4 at the time was written as SP/4 or Sp/4, but pronounced "Spec 4."




Zeke Anderson Staff Sergeant first and second season. Promoted to Sergeant First Class in "Doc Hock" - third season.


Scott Baker PFC (Private First Class) first season. His rank is SP/4 during his single appearance in the third season in "The Ties That Bind."


Eddie Bell PFC - third season


Carl Brewster Colonel - third season


Dalby Lieutenant Colonel.  Only appeared in the first season.


Darling Major - second season


Martin Goldman Major General (Retired). Appeared in the first season ep Blood Brothers and the third season ep "I Am What I Am." (Special note- was the rank of Lieutenant Colonel when he won the Medal of Honor in WWII.)


Myron Goldman 2nd Lieutenant for first season.  Becomes "ranking officer"* upon Wallace's death in "Pushin' Too Hard."  1st Lieutenant for the second and third seasons.

*Per Lee Russell: All first lieutenants were automatic promotions from second lieutenant after one year's service at the lower rank. At the time of "Pushin' Too Hard" we might assume that yes, Goldman was the ranking platoon leader and had to temporarily take over Bravo Company, then in contact with the enemy.  The end of the episode was intended to convey both the continuity of military command and the end of Goldman's "probationary" period as a leader.


William Griner PFC - third season


Larry Heath Captain - appeared only in "Under Siege," first season.


Francis "Doc" Hockenbury Comes in as PFC at the beginning of the third season.  At some point his rank was moved up to SP/4. (I don't have the exact episode when the rank started showing on his uniform.)


Roger Horn PFC until "Nowhere to Run" where his rank then becomes SP/4 for the remainder of first season.


Marvin Johnson SP/4 for the first and second seasons.  Promoted to Buck Sergeant in "The Luck."


Randy Matsuda Medic: SP/4. Killed in action December 1967 (after Captain Wallace) in "Under Siege," first season.


John J McKay 1st Lieutenant seasons 2 and 3.


Daniel Percell This one is complicated. For the pilot movie, he was Corporal.  But that was a technical error and when Mr. Russell signed on to do the series, Danny's rank was changed to PFC. He would remain PFC till the third season when he was promoted to SP/ 4 in "The Ties That Bind."


Alberto Ruiz PFC first and second season.  Promoted to SP/4 in "The Ties That Bind."


Pop Scarlet PFC (busted several times from Sergeant) - third season.


Jennifer Seymour Direct commission to Major in "Terms of Enlistment" - second and third seasons.


Marcus Taylor PFC first season.  SP/4 second season and part of the third. Promoted to Buck Sergeant in "Dead Man Tales."


Rusty Wallace Captain.   Killed in action December 9th, 1967, in "Pushin' Too Hard," first season.

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