The U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division returns to A Shau Valley in Vietnam during the Battle of Fire Support Base Ripcord during Vietnam War. A U.S. Army UH-1B Iroquois helicopter comes in and lands on a mountaintop at Fire Support Base Ripcord. American troops unload supplies from the UH-1B Iroquois helicopter and the helicopter takes off. The soldiers carry equipment and supply to Fire Support Base. The supplies on the ground. The troops move at the Fire Support Base. A troop carries a hose of an equipment. Troops carrying equipment. The helicopter brings troops to landing zone fury.
Aerial view of A Shau Valley from helicopter as it brings troops of 101st Airborne Division to landing zone fury. U.S. Army UH-1H helicopter in flight. The helicopter lands. Troops disembark from the helicopter and the helicopter takes off. Supplies stacked on the Fire Support Base. The troops on the ground. Troops disembark from another helicopter and the helicopter takes off. The troops walk down a hill. (Note: Expanding on the opening slate, the A Shau Valley as seen from landing zone fury, was shot by SP5 Chris Jensen of the 221st Signal Company and Southeast Asia Pictorial Center, using 16 mm Film.)
The U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division troops at the Fire Support Base in A Shau Valley, Vietnam during the Battle of Fire Support Base Ripcord of Vietnam War. Soldiers carry supplies and equipment. Supplies and equipment stacked. U.S. Army UH-1B Iroquois helicopters approach for landing on the fire support base. UH-1B helicopters land on A Shau Valley and troops disembark. Troops with their supplies are unloaded from UH-1B helicopters on fire support base atop a mountain.
Opening slate attributes film to SEAPC and Jensen (Southeast Asia Pictorial Center/221st Signal Company based in Long Binh and Chris Jensen). U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division troops pass through jungles of A Shau Valley in Vietnam. U.S. 327th Infantry Airborne regiment, 101st Airborne Division troops climb a mountain in a dense jungle. At one point the soldiers have dumped their ruck sacks and left them with the remainder of the company while they went on a short patrol. The troops on patrol in the jungle. The troops walk through high bushes. The troops fire M-79 grenade launchers as part of a recon patrol. Film taken by the Southeast Asia Pictorial Center/221st Signal Company based in Long Binh. Chris Jensen.
The U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division troops pass through jungles of A Shau Valley in Vietnam U.S. 327th Infantry Airborne regiment, 101st Airborne Division troops wait at the pick up zone. Smoke grenades explode designating the troop pickup zone for pull out. A U.S. Army UH-1B Iroquois helicopter approaches and lands. Soldiers embark the helicopter and the helicopter takes off. Other soldiers embark another helicopter and the helicopter takes off. Another group of soldiers arrive at the pick up position. Soldiers explode grenades designating pick up position.
Film opens showing scattered wreckage of a UH-1H helicoptor damaged by enemy fire or by collision with obstacles during landing. As troops work to clear wreckage, another UH-1 lands precariously in the midst of debris. Troops dismount. Other soldiers work around the crash site. Nearby, a contingent of troops is busy carving out a proper landing zone, using small tools and a number of chain saws. Two of them pass close by the camera, carrying a huge tree trunk. Troops employ chain saws close to one another as they work on the tangled underbrush and trees. In the background, one soldier chops smaller brush with a machete. (Note: It has been reported that these scenes depict elements of B Company, 227th Assault Helicopter battalion, at LZ Pepper, and the UH-1H seen landing might be from the 1st/9th "Head Hunters.")