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.
Recreation activities at the United Service Organizations (USO) in Chu Lai, South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Entrance of the USO building. Sign boards reads: 'Welcome', 'USO Chu Lai'. Few soldiers enter and leave the building. Interior of the building. Soldiers relax in a lounge. Other soldiers relax and enjoy at a beach. A helicopter in flight over the beach. Some soldiers at the USO snack bar on the beach. Water tower marked with 'USO'. U.S. Army Motion Picture cameraman filming the beach.
Activities of the American 1st Cavalry Division in Chu Lai, South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. M113 Armored Personnel carriers (APCs) with soldiers atop in rice paddy. They move out on the rice paddy. M113s cross the paddies and approach a tree line. Smoke arises on the field.
Recreation activities at the United Service Organizations (USO) in Chu Lai, South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Soldiers relax and enjoy at the beach. Some soldiers play in surf. Other soldiers relax on the beach and watch the soldiers play. A sign board reads: 'Sorry No'.
Activities of the American 1st Cavalry Division in Chu Lai, South Vietnam. The United States Army UH-1D Iroquois helicopter being signaled to land in the rice paddy. Soldiers rush towards the helicopter and unload mermite food container mail and other supplies from the helicopter. The helicopter takes off. Soldiers carry off the supplies. Mail being distributed to the soldiers.
Elephant being airlifted from Trang Phuc to Chu Lai Air Base in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. 463L loader rolls up to the a United States Ari Force Lockheed C-130E Hercules aircraft at the Chu Lai Air Base. Pallet, with drugged elephant wrapped in cargo net and secured with straps, being unloaded from the aircraft onto the loader. The loader being driven away. Soldiers walk on the air base. A United States Marine Corps (USMC) CH-53A Sea Stallion flies in toward the loader.. The aircraft flies away with elephant on the pallet, suspended underneath.