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Men work at a radar scope and a chart table aboard USS Maddox underway in the Gulf of Tonkin.

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.

Date: 1964, August 13
Duration: 2 min 54 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Gulf of Tonkin response: President Johnson announces U.S. action as United States soldiers and aircraft are rushed to Vietnam

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.

Date: 1964, August 4
Duration: 6 min 5 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
A ship's doctor and a hospital corpsman treat a patient aboard a U.S. ship underway in the Gulf of Tonkin.

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.

Date: 1964, August
Duration: 1 min 5 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Modified C-135 aircraft of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) serve as "Combat Lightning" aircraft in Vietnam War

Opening scene shows two U.S. Air Force F-105 Thunderchief aircraft taking off in pre-dawn from Vietnam on a bombing mission, in 1966, during the Vietnam War. Next, the F-105s are seen diving and dropping bombs that explode into fire and smoke on the ground. Closeup of a Strategic Air Command (SAC) KC-135 aircraft in flight. It has been modified to serve as as a "Combat Lightning" aircraft that serves as a communication link between the Tactical Air Reporting Center at Monkey Mountain, near Danang, Vietnam and ground radar, airborne radar and any U.S. aircraft operating over North Vietnam. KC-135 "Combat Lightning" crew members are seated in a briefing room at the U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield, in Thailand. A briefing officer explains their mission, using charts and a map labeled SECRET Noforn (no foreign access) showing Vietnam and the Gulf of Tonkin. The briefer points to an area in the Gulf, and sketches a figure eight, showing where and how the KC-135 should maneuver in a holding pattern during its mission. Crew members rise and leave at the end of the briefing. View of a Strategic Air Command EC-135L that arrived on May 29, 1967, along with another, to support 24 hour "Combat Lightning" operations. Ground crewman directs the EC-135L as it taxis out and then takes off, past a C-130 aircraft holding short of the active runway. (Narrator notes that by the end of July, 1967, there were four "Combat Lightning" C-135 aircraft operating at U-Tapao airfield.) View from above of EC-135L aircraft in flight above clouds, en route to its assigned location over the Gulf of Tonkin. View of radio operator inside the aircraft, who is in radio contact with U-Tapao and the aircraft they are going to relieve. View of map showing their destination figure-eight holding pattern. Radio operator establishes the same contacts used by the aircraft they are relieving, to assure continuity of communications. Remainder of the film contains extended views of the radio operator at his station and of the EC-135 aircraft in flight. Near the end, the crew's Armaments and Electronics Technician is seen pulling a piece of malfunctioning electronic gear from a rack and replacing it with a spare, stored nearby.

Date: 1967
Duration: 5 min 49 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Air operations aboard USS Constellation (CVA-64) in Tonkin Gulf.

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.

Date: 1970, February 21
Duration: 2 min 49 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
UH-46D over flight deck and releases supplies as air operations go on aboard USS Constellation (CVA-64) in Tonkin Gulf.

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.

Date: 1970, February 14
Duration: 2 min 9 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
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