"On an afternoon in 1969 the platoon took sniper fire from a filthy little village along the South China Sea"

A platoon is a military unit composed of 2-4 squads, containing 16-50 soldiers. Platoons are organized into a company, which consists of 3-5 platoons.

A platoon is one of the smallest military units led by a commissioned officer. The platoon leader or platoon commander is usually a lieutenant. He is assisted by a senior non-commissioned officer, the platoon sergeant.