"I'm just one part of the big war," a sweet old man says. "That's all. One little part. And I'm proud to be a part of it." The man is Guarnere himself, and the actor playing ol' Gonorrhea totally nailed the accent. They sound absolutely identical, and that's either a credit to him or to casting; probably both. "Sometimes it makes me cry," he whispers. The real Babe Heffron is up next. "The real men -- the real heroes -- are the fellas that are still buried over there and those that came home to be buried," he says. I feel bad saying this, but that line sounded...well, pre-written. Maybe he was just nervous and stiff in front of the cameras, and that's why it came off like a recitation. Shifty, a mustachioed man in a plaid shirt, explains in lilting tones, "Seems like you figured that you thought you could do just about anything," he says awkwardly. "And after the war was over...why, you lost a lot of that, or at least I did. I lost all that confidence." And we sort of saw it start to happen in his earlier scene with Winters. Good synergy there between the documentary portion and the show's script. Johnny Martin shows up next. "We was hoping to stay alive, that's all," he sputters, wiping his face to keep from crying. Lipton returns for a nice, long quote. "Henry the Fifth was talking to his men," he begins. "He said, 'From this day to the ending of the world, we in it shall be remembered. We lucky few, we band of brothers, for he who today sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.'" That was a great choice, but come on -- do we really think Lipton carried that quote around with him throughout his life, memorizing it and spitting it out during these interviews? It would be nice, but I don't buy it. Too convenient. Reeks of Stephen Ambrose. But I should point out that I never read the last chapters, so it's entirely possible Ambrose waxes rhapsodic about how Lipton quoted Shakespeare and it inspired the book's title.
Apropos of everything, Winters gets the last line. He recalls a letter that Mike Ranney wrote to him; Ranney recalled his grandson asking, "Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?" Ranney said, "No, but I served in a company of heroes." This final anecdote awakens Winters's sadness, and we fade to black on the image of his emotion-filled face.