It’s no secret that veterans of the Vietnam War received harsher treatment at home than those who fought in American wars before or since, and now a new movie is taking a look at one especially egregious real-life case of that fact taken to the extreme.
The upcoming film The Last Full Measure is based on the true story of Staff Sargeant William H. Pitsenbarger, an Air Force Pararescueman who served during the Vietnam War. The 21-year-old Pitsenbarger was killed while on a rescue operation at a Cam My battle in 1966, but not before he personally — and solely — rescued 60 men. But despite this act of valor that resulted in Pitsenbarger making the ultimate sacrifice, the pararescuer did not receive the Medal of Honor until the year 2000. In The Last Full Measure, a Pentagon staffer played by the MCU’s Sebastian Stan sets out to find out why that is and ends up uncovering a grand conspiracy. The star-studded cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, William Hurt, Ed Harris, and the late Peter Fonda as fellow vets who vouch for Pitsenbarger. Take a look at the thrilling first trailer below.
The Last Full Measure is written and directed by Todd Robinson. It will arrive in theaters on Jan. 17, 2020.