As a retired army officer and an adjunct history professor I thought it was important to review what I consider the best war movies depicting the challenges of leadership and the command of men.
I always liked John Wayne in war movies more than in westerns. In "The Fighting Seabees" the "Duke" plays Lt. Cmdr Wedge Donovan, a civilian construction manager who is tasked to form the Navy’s first Construction Battalion, (CBCBs=Seabees). The new CBs have to both build and be ready to fight.Donovan a hard nosed construction manager at first chafes under military control, but once commissioned, he learns the importance of doing things the Navy way. This turns him into a great leader and his unit into a very effective force. One of the few movies that the "Duke" dies in. Makes one just want to cry.
What did you think of this review?