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.)
Elements of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division battle North Vietnamese regular Army forces at Fire Support Base Ripcord in the A Shau Valley, South Vietnam, in the last major confrontation of the Vietnam War. View of Fire Support Base Ripcord from inside an arriving helicopter. An OH-6A Cayuse / AH-6J (Little Bird) approaching to land at the Fire Support Base. The helicopter lands on a heli-pad. Another OH-6A is parked in the background. Scene shifts to a Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) helicopter leaving the Fire Support Base. It has, white stripe on the top, behind greenhouse, and red dot on the tail boom. This identifies it as belonging to A Company, 158th Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopter) "Ghost Riders." Views of much work going on to fortify the Fire Support Base. An American F-4 Phantom jet fighter flies overhead at hight speed and drops ordnance on a nearby hilltop. View from Ripcord Base of fire and smoke rising from the target. Soldiers setting up Claymore mines along side of the base, for nighttime protection. More views of fire and smoke at the target hill. A soldier sitting atop Support Base structure, speaking on radio telephone. Closeup shows "Screaming Eagle" patch of the 101st Airborne Division on his left shoulder. More views of defensive work going on, including the setting up of several 155mm howitzers by Battery B 2nd 319th Artillery. A UH-1 flies low overhead. A Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter is seen approaching with supplies suspended underneath in a net sling. Soldiers placing parcels in a UH-1 with engine running, about to depart. Glimpse of hooch with sign reading "FSB Ripcord" and displaying a large ace of spades. A CH-47 descending closeby. More views of bombs exploding on the neighboring hilltop.
U.S. Army 319th Artillery attached to 101st Airborne Division strengthens defenses of Fire Support Base Ripcord to combat North Vietnam forces in the A Shau Valley, South Vietnam, during the Vietnam War. Opening scene shows Captain David F. Rich, Commander of Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 319th Artillery, conversing with Lieutenant Brennan, in very windy conditions atop the Fire Support Base. The carriage of a 105mm towed howitzer is seen in the foreground, with two shells set on it. View of howitzers and shells stacked atop the Base. The wind whipping aross the Base. A trooper working on a howitzer. Another fighting the wind, as he carries canisters of propellant charges. He tosses them behind the sandbagged artillery position. Other soldiers join in moving gunpowder canisters. Closeup of two soldiers as the wind blows the hat off one.
U.S. Fire Support Base Ripcord in the A Shau Valley, South Vietnam, under siege by North Vietnam Army forces during the Vietnam War. Several 105mm towed howitzers are positioned atop the base, with barrels at high elevations. Camera focuses on Gunners loading and firing one. The wind is blowing very hard, complicating their activity and causing the cameraman trouble too, as it buffets his camera. The camera views several guns operating in the battery. The Battery then level their guns to fire point blank at their targets. (They also increase their powder charge to 7, the maximum.) the resultant recoil strikes and injures SP/4 Bowing of a gun crew, who falls and is seen lying at the back of his gun. The crew calls for help and carries him to the ground. Cameraman stops filming briefly.. Next, a soldier is seen leaning over SP/4 Bowing, rendering aid.
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.