Reconstruction of events from Gulf of Tonkin Incident that occurred August 2nd through 5th, 1964. USS Maddox underway in the Gulf of Tonkin. A radar operator on a scope. The man makes markings on the radar scope and passes the information over a phone. A crewman mans the radar scope. Two men work at a chart table. Both men are wearing earphones. A man on the radar scope, passing word over his phones. The Chief Quartermaster looks out over an aviation chart. He traces the route of the ship through the Gulf of Tonkin. The chart shows a route to Maddox through the Gulf of Tonkin. The hand of the Chief Quartermaster points to positions on various days.
United States planes and soldiers are rushed to Vietnam, responding to the Gulf of Tonkin crisis. U.S. Destroyer Maddox seen underway in the gulf of North Vietnam following reported skirmish with North Vietnamese torpedo boats (the "Maddox Incident.") Narrator indicates U.S. war planes from two carriers avenged the unwarranted Red communist assault with 64 sorties against North Vietnam. An airman boards a U.S. aircraft. Night view of the White House in Washington DC. President Lyndon Johnson addresses the American people in a midnight speech on August 4, 1964 describing U.S. actions in response to the Gulf of Tonkin incident. Scenes of South Vietnamese women and children evacuees looking exhausted and scared beside nearby American helicopters. The President's speech continues, including, "We Americans know, although others appear to forget, the risks of spreading conflict. We still seek no wider war." View of the United Nations building in New York and flags of various nations at the UN building. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson is seen making his report of the Gulf of Tonkin attacks to the UN Security Council and affirms U.S. position that it wants the people in Vietnam to be free of North Vietnamese intervention and agression. United States military advisors and U.S. Army soldiers board helicopters. A gunner aims at a target on the ground. Vietnamese troops accompany U.S. soldiers. South Vietnamese forces exit a helicopter and wade through water and rice paddies. U.S. soldiers advance in trucks with artillery. A Douglas TBD Devastator aircraft takes off armed with a torpedo. Another one lands at an airfield. A TBD plane, armed with a torpedo, taxis with wings folded. several TBD aircraft parked on a flight line. The President concludes his remarks referring to "firmness in the right" being indispensible for peace.
Reconstruction of events that took place during the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, 2-5 August 1964. A U.S. ship underway in the Gulf of Tonkin. The ship's doctor and a hospital corpsman simulate giving aid and saline solution to an engine man who simulates collapse from heat during Gulf of Tonkin incident. The engine man on a stretcher. A respirator is held up to the man's mouth. Saline solution bottle hanging nearby. The engine man is wiped down with alcohol by the doctor. The hospital corpsman holds the respirator over the man's mouth.
Bombs come over on hi-line from USS Camden (AOE-2) during replenishment at sea in Tonkin Gulf. Life net with bombs framed in the background. Water between USS Camden and Constellation shows twin fuel hose. Supplies transferred. Bombs hi-lined across water to USS Constellation. Flight deck safety net. Rack of bombs over hi-line, passing by twin fuel line connected between two ships. Rack of bombs taken off deck of USS Camden, coming over on hi- line. Forklift busy on deck, moves supplies into position. Bombs arriving to ship. Men at work on weather deck of USS Camden. Another rack of bombs is picked up on hi-line. Bombs coming over, leaving ship's side and moving towards CVA (Attack Aircraft Carrier). Looking aft on port side of Camden, crewmen stand in dungarees aboard CVA looking on during replenishment. Two fueling stations operate. UH- 46D picks up supplies from stern of USS Camden during vertical replenishment. Side no "OE-2" on port bow of USS Camden. Party works on port weather deck of USS Camden. Rack of bombs picked up from deck. Second rack picked up on second hi-line and sent out over side. Port side of USS Camden during the underway replenishment. Flight deck edge safety net. Bombs coming over at various stations while refueling goes on. Working party at work on deck area of USS Camden. Another rack of bombs leave side of ship. Forklift moves another rack of bombs in position.
UH-46D helicopter comes in over flight deck with supplies as air operations go on aboard USS Constellation (CVA-64) in Tonkin Gulf. The helicopter lowers the supplies and releases. Other supplies on deck. Helicopter appears to back away. Men move in towards supplies over flight deck. UH-46D comes in over flight deck with supplies hanging from slings. Supplies are set down and released. UH-46D over flight deck. Crewman seen with upper part of his body protruding out of forward window. Helicopter rises after release of supplies. UH-46D comes in over deck with large load hanging from sling. Supplies lowered, released and helicopter rises. UH-46D comes in over deck. Supplies on deck released by helicopter. Helicopter rises for departure after releasing supplies. UH-46D releasing supplies on flight deck and flying off; men and forklift move in to remove supplies.
F-4J plane ready for launch from angled deck, after-burners cut in as air operations go on aboard USS Constellation (CVA-64) in Tonkin Gulf. Plane leaves. Lower after section of F-4J, after-burners cut in. F-4J launched from angled deck. A-7B plane and F-4J make recovery. A-7B makes recovery after a bombing mission. RA-5C plane makes recovery. Arresting wire is let go, plane begins taxiing. RA-5C makes recovery.