North Vietnamese documentary propaganda film. North Vietnamese gun boats firing in a river. North Vietnamese antiaircraft guns firing. Wreckage of downed U.S. Navy airplane. Captured U.S. pilot under guard by armed North Vietnamese sailor. Viet Cong firing machine guns at American aircraft. A transport plane hit by gunfire and burning in flight. Armed American soldiers running from a crashed helicopter. American MPs in a jeep pass a cyclist on city street. President Lyndon Baines Johnson; Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara; Secretary of State, Dean Rusk; U.S. Air Force General Curtis Lemay. Dean Rusk and Robert McNamara meeting with Vietnamese officials.Vietnamese man looking through periscopic binoculars. The North Vietnamese flag. Waterfront with factory on shore and Junks in the water. A manufacturing complex. Harvester in farm. Vietnamese school girls dancing in school yard. Vietnamese gun crew at an antiaircraft gun. Vietnamese Navy gun crew on deck of a gunboat. Vietcong preparing booby traps. Viet Cong escorting South Vietnamese prisoner. Vietnamese paratroops. Headlines of American newspapers saying U.S. officials urge raids against North Vietnam. Map showing U.S. attacks on Vietnam. Map highlights date 30th July 1964 and Tau Chien. U.S. aircraft carriers and task force underway at sea. Map highlights Hanoi and date 1st August 1964. Map highlights 2nd August 1964. Guns on ships fired by gun crew. Battleship underway at sea. Map highlights date 3rd August 1964. Map highlights Gulf of Tonkin and date 4th August 1964. Officials in a meeting. U.S. President Lyndon B Johnson speaks at mike. Men under a plane parked on airfield. U.S. carrier underway at sea. Map highlights date 5th August 1964. Aircraft takes off from carrier to attack North Vietnam. Vietcong fire on U.S. planes overhead. Machine guns fired. Men fire guns from North Vietnamese torpedo boat. Torpedo boats and American destroyers in fight.
U.S. Navy pilot, Lieutenant Junior Grade, Everett Alvarez, Jr., in flight suit and helmet, being taken prisoner by the North Vietnamese. View of his military identification card. Lt Avarez being interrogated by North Vietnamese officers. Destruction by U.S. air strikes on North Vietnam. Wreckage of buildings. Remains of buildings. Lt Alvarez's clothing and survival gear, including his dog tags and keys. The retrieved wreckage of his A-4D aircraft is on display and being explained to North Vietnamese in a public gathering.
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.
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson on August 4, 1964, announcing that he is ordering U.S. military forces to respond to an incident involving hostile action by North Vietnamese in the Gulf of Tonkin. View of the U.S. Aircraft Carrier, USS Constellation (CV-64) underway in the Gulf of Tonkin, off Vietnam. Next, pilots are seen walking on flight deck of the carrier,USS TICONDEROGA (CVA-14). Behind them are A-3B Skywarriors of VAH-4 "Fourrunners," Det. B (tail code "ZB"). One displays BuNo 142255. Clear view, from another aircraft overhead, of a U.S. carrier-based Douglas A-4 Skyhawk aircraft diving and firing a rocket at a target in North Vietnam and pulling out over hills afterwards. View of another rocket headed toward a target in hills, followed by fairly close views of an A-4 making another attack. U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert MacNamara, broadcasting that "We seek no wider war."
Reconstruction of activities that took place during the Gulf of Tonkin Incident 2-5 August 1964. USS Ticonderoga underway in the Gulf of Tonkin. Pilots in a ready room aboard the ship. They are being briefed by an officer. U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Roy H. Bowling, who is one of the pilots involved in air strike on North Vietnam. U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Render Crayton, another pilot involved in the air strike, seated in the ready room during the briefing. Lieutenant Er and Weber also in the ready room during the briefing. The Commanding Officer of the Squadron stands before a map of Vietnam and briefs the pilots.
Lockheed U-2D, number 56-6695, of the U.S. Air Force 4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, taxis to runway at McCoy Air Force Base, Orlando, Florida, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Airmen remove Pogo wheels from wing tips of U2. Aircraft takes off and climbs rapidly in nose high attitude. The U-2 in flight. (Note: U-2D, number 56-6695 Crashed on 7 July 1964 near Fujian, China while monitoring supply routes from China to North Vietnam.)