The U.S. 1st Cavalry Division prior to the Siege of Plei Me in Pleiku, Vietnam. Trucks on the road. Soldiers walk towards the trucks in the foreground. A wounded sergeant being attended by medics in field. A medic works on the sergeants leg. Wrecked truck hit by a land mine. A wounded sergeant lying on ground and smoke a cigarette. The Sergeant is lifted on litter and carried to Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Wounded sergeant is taken out from Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter and is carried to ambulance in Pleiku. A sign reads 'Camp Holloway Dispensary,52D Med Sect,94th MedDet(OA).'
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).
A visit by South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu, Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky and others to Pleiku Air Base in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. RVN (Republic of Vietnam) soldiers stand in formation at Pleiku Air Base. The soldiers hold flags. A sign on a building frame reads 'Welcome to Pleiku Air Base'. South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu deplanes followed by Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky. President Thieu shakes hands with RVN officers and reviews RVN troops. President Thieu and Vice President Ky come out of a building. President Thieu talks to a Vietnamese officer.
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.
First scene shows a U.S. Army UH-1 helicopter flying over South vietnam. Next, American soldier is seen firing at Viet Cong who are running toward a downed helicopter. U.S. soldiers seen climbing out of the helicopter, which is turned on its side. They rush away under fire from the Viet Cong. A ward in a U.S. military hospital in vietnam, where wounded soldiers being treated. Closeups of some of the patients. A flat bed truck carrying flag-draped coffins of fallen American soldiers drives past a U.S. C-130 aircraft with number 54375 on its tail. A contingent of U.S. servicemen, including sailors in whites and others in Khakis, at parade rest, near a C-130 aircraft. They begin to carry the coffins to the rear loading door of the aircraft. Closeups of Vietnamese people. U.S. soldiers jamming the side railings of
a troop ship arriving in Vietnam. One soldier hurries down the gangplank. Then a soldier carrying a unit flag, with numeral one on it, descends the gangplank, followed by two officers. Next, troops are seen assembled with American flag and another one carried by soldiers.
United States Air Force ( USAF ) support for the evacuation of Cambodian refugees from Boung Long, Cambodia to Pleiku AB in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. At Boung Long, Cambodia: Cambodian refugees wait to board an aircraft. They board a C-7A. A pilot at the controls and the control panel. At Pleiku Air Base, Vietnam: The C-7A taxis in. The engine of the aircraft stops. Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) troops and refugees unload the aircraft. The refugees leave the aircraft.