U.S. Army Special Forces operating near Ba Me Ga west of Ban Me Thout, Vietnam. A Special Forces Mobile Strike Force (Mike Force) soldier slits open a Vietcong rice bag. The team encounters a dying Vietcong soldier in brush. Mike Force member searches the VC's body for documents. Information about Vietcong anti-tank mines and tax collection documents are reportedly found on the VC. ( Note: It has also been reported that some elements of the Mike Force unit drove over an uncharted anti tank mine on the way back to base, after the mission, killing and wounding members of Special Forces, Australian Army Training Team Vietnam, and Montagnard strike force troopers.)
Lieutenant Colonel John C. Hughes Commander of United States 52nd Aviation in Vietnam. Lieutenant Colonel Hughes and crew chief look at a map with United States UH-1B helicopter in the background. A Sergeant checks a M-60 machine gun. UH-1 B helicopters lined up at Ban Me Thout airstrip. UH-1Bs take off from the airstrip. A Sergeant on alert with a gun in an airborne helicopter.
U.S. 20th Helicopter Squadron personnel and U.S. Special Forces personnel at Ban Me Thuot Special Forces Camp in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Members of aircrew being briefed under a tent. The crew leaves the tent.
Television broadcast of U.S. President Richard Nixon's speech from the White House in Washington DC, United States on the withdrawal of remaining U.S. troops from Vietnam on 29th March 1973 during the Vietnam War. The White House. The Seal of the President of the United States. The President talks about that period of the Vietnam War when he joined the office and speaks about the program he initiated to end the war. He says American prisoners are on their way from Vietnam and people of South Vietnam are now free to choose their government. He says North Vietnam is not complying with few provisions of the Peace Agreement. He says that they should honor all those American soldiers who died during the Vietnam War. He refers to the difficult days of the war including the moratorium to end the war which was organized on October 15, 1969 when millions of Americans took day off from work and schools to participate in local demonstrations against the war. Nixon refers to the period of April 1971 when he ordered attacks on Communist bases in Cambodia. He talks about the period of May 1972 when he ordered air strikes in North Vietnam and the period of December 1972 when he ordered more air strikes.
U.S. 20th Helicopter Squadron personnel and U.S. Special Forces personnel and Montagnard troops at Ban Me Thuot Special Forces Camp in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Members of aircrew board a U.S. Army UH-1F Iroquois helicopter at the camp. The UH-1F takes off. Aerial views of UH-1Fs en route to a remote village to pick up Vietcong suspects. Machine guns being fired from a UH-1F helicopter in flight over a jungle.
Excerpt from film entitled "Counterattack- Marine Air Ground Team," about U.S. Marines in the Vietnam War. Marines are seen walking cautiously across irrigation ditches in cultivated region of South Vietnam. Scene shifts to one marine looking down at a hole where smoke is rising at the base of a berm. Vietnamese families evacuating their village where marines are burning houses and huts. View from riverbank strung with barbed wire, where marines are relaxing while gunfire is heard and black smoke rises from fires burning across the river. Next, a city is seen jammed with Vietnamese refugees with their belongings (some being assisted by ARVN soldiers) making their way through the crowds. A fallen civilian seen on the ground, victim of the Viet Cong (VC). Buildings and places of worship severely damaged by the VC. A bearded old Vietnamese man wearing a non la (conical hat) and smoking a cigarette, is questioned by a U.S. soldier.
(Narrator says civilians are reluctant to say much for fear of reprisals.) Marines walking slowly through a village, and then through areas of trees and brush, open areas, and dense jungle. View of underbelly of a U.S. jet fighter bomber in flight over water, carrying two BLU-10 250 lb Napalm Bombs. A Marine A-4 Skyhawk jet dives down and drops a bomb that explodes with large fireball and black smoke. Closeup of an A-4 in flight. View of pilot in cockpit and sound of conversation with ground controllers. Pilot asks if there are any more requests from the "grunts." Anachronistic Inserted images of two Marine F-4s from VMFA 232 (Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232). They display "Red Devil" insignia on their sides. (They flew ground support in F-4s from Chu Lai Air base, Vietnam, commencing 1969.) View shifts to Marines "Grunts" in sandy area, with one communicating by radio. Next, a jet fighter bomber swoops down and unloads bombs that explode in succession on the ground. Marines in heavily sandbagged trenches. A jet fighter flies low overhead at very high speed. Another succession of bomb bursts is seen. Sea-going Marines arrive and exit Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters, at landing zone. Views of Marines exiting the choppers and then a variety of views of CH-46s in flight. Closeup of one in flight. View of interior, with a squad of Marines, inside, in battle gear. CH-46s landing and taking off.