U.S. Marines in action in the Northern Provinces of South Vietnam, near the DMZ. They are seen in full combat gear, carrying small arms, including recoilless weapons, as they move across green fields where smoke is rising. Next, they are seen spread out and moving across muddy rice paddies. A U.S.jet fighter streaks across a shoreline at low altitude. Views from a Marine jet fighter bomber dropping bombs on Viet Cong targets from low altitude. Explosions on the ground are seen from behind the aircraft as it passes. Brief view from ground of bomb striking and black smoke rising. Closeup (in 1969) of two McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms from U.S. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 (with Red devil insignia on their tails) flying in tight formation. View of pilot in front cockpit an F-4. Aerial view from below of the pair of F-4s. Closeup view from below, as an F-4 releases ordnance in flight. A huge explosion fills the screen as film title slate appeared reading: "Counterpunch." (narrated by Jack Webb). Sign at Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, California, is shown. Marine sentry at entrance checks identifications of persons arriving at the gatehouse. Marines seen firing mortars, during training. A C-47 transport airplane airdrops supplies to Marines on the ground. Marines in jeeps drive across sand where a bulldozer is working on an airfield under construction. Front view glimpse of a Douglas A-4 Skyhawk aircraft taking off. A pair of Marine Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters in flight. Group of U.S. Marine Corps officers looking over a model of terrain while being briefed by a Lieutenant Colonel during training "Operation Alligator Hide" in 1967, at the White Beach Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California. Closeup of the detailed mockup of the terrain. Another officer briefs about the use of F-4 and A-4 aircraft support prior to a helicopter assault. Bombs exploding near a bridge. Marines using small 4-wheeled self-propelled open vehicles as they move along a hillside during the exercise. A Captain at a field command post states he will mark a target with white phosphorus (Willy Pete). A tank is seen maneuvering. Pilot is seen responding from cockpit of an A-4 Skyhawk aircraft. An M48A3 Medium Tank is seen on the ground and two F-4s of Squadron 232 in the air. The tank crew fires a white phosphorus round into the hillside, where it generates white smoke. An F-4 is seen flying low toward the area and a bomb explodes on the marked target. Amphibious training is seen, with Marines charging a beach from a landing craft; a tank wading ashore; Marines hit the beach from an LVTP-5 (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Personnel); Fighter bomber dropping a bomb from offshore; glimpse of Douglas A-4 Skyhawk.
Salute and gun firing. Major General Kyle General Sawyer along with other marines stand at the parade field at Camp Pendleton, California, United States. Marine marches with the USMC flag. Marines lower their flags. USMC standing in attention salutes. Marine Corps march playing a band on the field.
Training maneuvers during Operation Alligator Hide at the White Beach Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California, United States. An M-48 tank parked in a grassy area. Marines on the top hatch of the tank. A portion of the tank in view parked in a bushy area. The tank with the Marines moving over a grassy field. A helicopter flying low over fields and hills. The parked M-48 tank and the Marines standing beside the tank. The Marines holding M-14 rifles looking towards several other Marines with M-14 rifles moving across a dirt area. A Marine standing beside a barbed wire and wood fence speaks to other Marines. One of the Marines with a PRC-25 radio. One of the Marines kneels on the ground with an M-14 rifle at the ready. A bushy area in view. Simulation: The Marines moving in the area with two villagers. One of the villagers is wearing a straw hat. The Marines with the villagers standing in a dirt area. View of the Marines standing and talking in the dirt area. Two Marines with M-14 rifles at the ready walk while escorting a prisoner who has his hands behind neck. One of them has a PRC-25 radio on his back. One of the Marines turns and motions his hand as another prisoner enters. A few Marines with M-14 rifles at the ready, stand guarding the prisoners standing with hands behind necks.
Marines at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California, United States. An OV10A Bronco aircraft in flight. Another OV10A Bronco aircraft in flight over a field. Mountains in view. One of the OV10A Bronco aircraft lands and taxis on the airstrip at Camp Pendleton. A few Marine officers and Marines stand in formation on the airstrip at Camp Pendleton. The Marine officer gives command and the Marines color guard come to attention. The members of the color guard come to shoulder arms with M-14 rifles, execute reverse march and move. Several military personnel and civilians standing beside the parked OV10A Bronco aircraft on the airfield. A few of them standing and a few of them walking beside the aircraft.
World War II scenes of German Stuka dive bombers in operation. U.S. B-25 bomber in flight, and views of firestorms from Allied incendiary bombing of Axis targets. Scenes of the "Operation Firestop" project in 1954-55, in California. U.S. Forest Service and other agencies cooperate in a one-year project headquartered at Camp Pendleton, California. Aerial views of Camp Pendleton area, in Southern California. A modified Grumman TBM Avenger torpedo bomber in flight discharges water from its torpedo bays. Men installing fabric water container into the bomb bay of the TBM. The aircraft seen in low level pass, dropping water contents onto field. Cropduster pilot Floyd Nolta, seen flying his Stearman biplane over California landscape, and then taxiing in to park, after landing. On the ground, we see how he modified his airplane to release water from a hopper in its bottom. On August 13, Vance Nolta flies the Stearman on multiple sorties, dropping water on a fire in the Mendecino Forest. Nolta filling his water tank from a hose at Willow Airport, and dropping water from the air, above the fire. View at Willow Airport, of 7 Stearman and N3N airplanes modified for aerial firefighting. Views of these aircraft dropping chemically treated water from the air. TBM aircraft equipped with 400 gallon tanks drop water from the air. PBY flying boat seen in flight. A B-26 bomber passing low and dropping chemically treated water. A Navy Mars flying boat passing overhead as it drops water from a 7000 gallon tank.
Training maneuvers during Operation Alligator Hide at the White Beach Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California, United States. Marines holding M-14 rifles walking on a grassy area. A grassy hill in the background. Two Marines of 27th Marine Regiment in the grassy area with one of them digging a position with an entrenching tool. The other Marine next to an M60 machine gun. Vehicles moving in the far background. The White Beach in view in the background. A bunker in view on the White Beach.