U.S. 9th Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade troops in Ben Luc, Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Two soldiers in the cockpit of an air-cushion vehicle (ACV). Soldiers push the air-cushion vehicle and turn it around. The air-cushion vehicle moves on land. Soldiers with M16 rifles and M60 machine guns board the air-cushion vehicle. The air-cushion vehicle moves over land and onto water. The soldiers cover their eyes as the air-cushion vehicle moves on water. A river and a shoreline.
(Note: The Navy version of this vehicle was called a Patrol Air Cushion Vehicle or PACV. Only 3 were employed by the Navy and, likewise, only 3 by the Army in the Vietnam war.)
U.S. 9th Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade troops in Ben Luc, Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Soldiers on an air-cushion vehicle. Soldiers work on a mini-gun and an engine. A soldier uses a grease gun on engine bearings. The soldiers at the controls of the air-cushion vehicle. View of the propeller turning.
U.S. 9th Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade troops in Ben Luc, Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Soldiers aboard an air-cushion vehicle. The soldiers work on a mini-gun. A soldier uses a grease gun on engine bearings. The soldiers at the controls of the air-cushion vehicle. They push a container in the air-cushion vehicle.
U.S. 9th Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade troops in Ben Luc, Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Soldiers enter the cockpit of an air-cushion vehicle. The propellers rotate. Two soldiers in the cockpit of the air-cushion vehicle. The air-cushion vehicle rises as inflated pads are filled with air, then lowers to the ground.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense David Packard on a tour of Vietnam. The official party arrives at the Naval Support Activity, Saigon. Binh Thuy Air Base administration building in the background. David Packard gets out of a car. He walks towards a U.S. Army UH-1H helicopter for flight to Cantho, Republic of Vietnam. The helicopter warms up. U.S. Vice Admiral Elmo Russell Zumwalt, Comnavforces, Vietnam gives a thumps up. An army officer boards the helicopter. It is ready for lift off. The plane director gives a signal for the lift off. The helicopter lifts off. Dignitaries stand in rain next to the helicopter at Cantho. Commodore Tran Van Chon, Chief of Naval Operations;Vietnamese Navy , in a rain coat. Mr Packard walks through the rain. Commodore Chon greets him. Mr Packard enters a car. He walks away from the car and moves into a building. Mr Packard and the party enters a small building. He gets into carry all. He leaves the doorway of the small building. He walks through mud and a sailor holds an umbrella over his head. He enters a small building and chats with unidentified naval officers. Mr Packard shakes hands with Vietnamese and other officers and prepares to leave from Ben Luc.
U.S. troops arriving in Vietnam undergo processing by the 90th Replacement Battalion.
Scene opens showing buses carrying newly arriving U.S. soldiers from the Ben Hoa airbase, to the depot of the 90th Replacement Battalion,near Long Binh, Vietnam. The buses make their way along dirt roads at the base. Various types of shelters, including tents and buildings of light construction are seen. The soldiers leave the buses, carrying personal belongings and manila folders with documents. As the buses pull away, signs in Vietnamese are seen on their sides. Next, the newly arrived soldiers are seen gathered in an open field. Some smoke cigarettes. There appears to be a chapel building in the background. Some soldiers see the camera behind them and wave toward it. A briefer is addressing them from a stand in front of a low building. Next, soldiers are seen entering a building where sign is posted reading: "OFF LIMITS, unless you are processing."