After being wounded and left for dead by Staff Sergeant Barnes(Tom Berenger). Elias(Willem Dafoe) emerges from the jungle, running from a large group of NVA soldiers. Thinking that Sgt. Elias Grodin had already been killed in action, the platoon can only watch from the chopper as he is shot repeatedly by Viet Cong troops.
The famous scene depicting Elias with his hands in the air is a recreation of a 1968 photograph by Art Greenspon