"Infantry platoon, U.S. Army, Philippine Islands, 1945. These are the faces of the young men who fight. As if some omniscient painter had mixed a tube of oils that were at one time earth brown, dust gray, blood red, beard black, and fear yellow-white, and these men were the models. For this is the province of combat and these are the faces of war."
Lieutenant Fitzgerald can see a light in the faces of the men that are going to die. His friend Captain Riker doesn't believe this, even after Lt. Fitzgerald sees the light on his face. He goes into combat and is killed. Fitzgerald is relieved when he receives news that he is being sent back to division HQ. As he's leaving he glances at a mirror and sees the light on his face. Soon after leaving there is the sound of a distant explosion."From William Shakespeare, Richard the Third, a small excerpt. The line reads, 'He has come to open the purple testament of bleeding war.' And for Lieutenant William Fitzgerald, A Company, First Platoon, the testament is closed. Lieutenant Fitzgerald has found the Twilight Zone."
It was recently brought to my attention that the quote during the final narration is actually from Richard II, not Richard III. I have never had this pointed out, and I thought it was kind of interesting. Thanks Mike for the heads-up!