An intense, thought provoking World War II combat film, with the heroes, Japanese-American soldiers, portrayed by actual combat veterans of the decorated 442 Regiment Combat Team. A Texan, Lt. Michael Grayson (Van Johnson) arrives at Camp Shelby, Mississippi in 1943 fresh from Officer’s Candidate School on his first commission to get a battalion of Japanese-American soldiers into fighting shape . His prejudice surfaces when he refers to them as “Japs” and he is immediately reprimanded by his commanding officer. Although schooled in military discipline, he soon realizes that he is not as good a soldier as the men he leads. The film is really a “coming of age” of the Lieutenant, as he not only learns from the valor of his men, but learns to respect them for what they are.