United States Army soldiers patrol the streets and supply food to people in Dominican Republic in 1965 crisis. American soldiers seen giving food and aid to civilians and children in the Dominican Republic. The 1st Infantry Division and 1st Cavalry Division soldiers in Vietnam to counter North Vietnamese aggression. 173rd Airborne Brigade deployed from Okinawa lands in Vietnam and seen unloading from aircraft, and in the field. A brigade of the 101st Airborne division seen debarking from ship in a deployment in Vietnam. 1st Infantry Division Big Red One troops emerging from landing ships on a beach in Vietnam. 1st Cavalry Air Mobile helicopter taking off from deck of an Aircraft Carrier. Aerial view of helicopter of same division seen in flight and firing rockets at target in jungle area in Vietnam. Close up view of rockets being fired from helicopter rocket launcher system. View of construction underway by U.S. Army engineers building base facilities in Cam Ranh Bay on South China Sea in Vietnam. Cranes seen at unfinished dock facilities, and engineers position giant pilings. Cargo in nets unloaded by crane from ship to boat. Views of munitions storage areas in Vietnam, along with crated equipment and oil drums. Group of Army helicopters on the ground preparing for takeoff. Helicopters taking off and in flight as seen from ground and also seen in aerial views in flight. U.S. Army soldiers jump out of helicopters at landing zone. Group of U.S. Army soldiers on patrol in Vietnam and crossing a stream. Artillery piece unloaded from a helicopter. American soldier throws a grenade at a structure in the jungle and explosion is seen. U.S. soldiers fire mortar and reload. U.S. artillery fired on battlefield and reloaded. Soldiers emerge from back of Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) and attack Viet Cong enemy positions in battle.
China's Premier Chou En-lai announces the news of China's first successful nuclear test. People cheer. Preparations for China's second Atomic Test is done. Men prepare trucks and equipment. Combat team briefed. Troops chant slogans. Troops and their horses wear protective clothing before entering the radioactive zone. Troops take cover at a safe distance before the blast and cover their eyes with protective glasses. Nuclear explosion at the horizon. Mushroom cloud rises high in the air. The blast wave destroys everything in its path. Tanks and troops enter the radioactive zone. Cavalry advances on ground. Troops move behind tanks. English translation narration overlays Chinese narrator in background.
United States Navy 7th Naval Fleet operations in South China Sea during the Vietnam War. USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) underway in the South China Sea. A United States Navy aircraft F-4B whizzing by over flight deck during catapult from USS Coral Sea. Catapult crew member runs onto flight deck with a shuttle cover. A United States Navy aircraft A-4B Skyhawk on catapult. An officer gives signal in the foreground. Aircraft catted out. Fuel hose unrolled from a reel in catwalk and onto the flight deck. A United States Navy aircraft F-8D Crusader takes a wave off. A United States Navy aircraft A-3B Skyhawk catches a wire and makes an arrested landing. Aircraft rolls to a stop. The wire is released and wings are folded.
U.S. Navy 7th fleet operations in South China Sea during the Vietnam War. U.S. Navy E-1B aircraft lands aboard USS Midway underway in the South China sea. E-1H aircraft carrying bombs taxis off with its wings folded. Lieutenant W.B. Wilson, VFP-63 (Light Reconnaissance Photographic Squadron)on board a U.S. Navy E-1B aircraft. Lieutenant Wilson in flight suit walks away from the side of the aircraft. Commander Carrier Division Rear Admiral William Bringle greets Lieutenant Wilson and they talk. Lieutenant Wilson being greeted by Captain J.M. O'Brien, Commander of USS Midway and Lieutenant Commander Duncan of VFP-63 (Light Reconnaissance Photographic Squadron). Lieutenant Wilson explains a matter to the officers during a briefing in a wardroom. Rear Admiral William Bringle, Captain J.M. O'Brien, Lieutenant Commander Duncan seated on divan as they listen.
U.S. Navy 7th fleet operations in South China Sea during the Vietnam War. Island structure aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) underway in South China Sea. Several Douglas A-3B Skywarrior twin jet bomber aircraft parked next to the island. Men load mail into U.S. Navy UH-2B helicopter on the flight deck.
First scene shows U.S. marines descending rope net ladder from side of the USS Pickaway (APA-222) in waters off Da Nang, South Vietnam. Next, marines of 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment are seen hitting the beach at Danang, from her Higgins boats on 7 July,1965. Scene shifts to U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft carrying U.S. army troops who are photographed as they step from the aircraft. Trucks carrying some of these soldiers drive along a road in South Vietnam. Officer confer over tactical map of an area. Vietnamese civilian refugees are seen struggling to depart. Small Vietnamese children at a school or other institution, are photographed as they line up and wash themselves before eating a meal. Smallest children are seated in high chairs. President Johnson seen saying "I do not find it easy to send the flower of our youth, our finest young men, into battle." Pictures of young American men and women are shown in various places and circumstances. A young couple. A man in cowboy hat. A factory worker. A young man laughing. a steel worker on an I beam during construction of a high rise building. Young people assembled at some sort of occasion. Images of Chinese Chairman, Mao Zedong, and Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh. Bow of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier cutting the water, and then broad view of entire ship, the USS Randolph (CV-15). (Note: the Randolph played no role in the Vietnam War.) Aircraft being catapulted from a carrier. USAF B-52 bombers dropping bombs in Arc Light missions over Vietnam. Bombs exploding on the ground. U.S. Marines operating a type of landing craft tracked. Troops deploying from a landing craft at a beach. American troops making their way through jungles. Scene reverts back to President Johnson still speaking (July 28, 1965).