Opening scenes show destroyed and damaged American UH-1 helicopters. A flying buzzard depicted on remains of one. Damage to buildings at American airbases and other installations, including barracks of U.S. servicemen, where a photograph of a girl and other personal items are seen on the ground. Smoke rising and ambulance responding at site of a bombing in Saigon. Injured personnel bleeding, after the Viet Cong detonate a car bomb outside the American Embassy in Saigon, on March 30, 1965. A victim being carried on a stretcher.
U.S. Navy Headquarters Support Activity at Saigon Public Workers Department in Saigon, Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The Saigon Public Workers Department building. Personnel stand in front of the building. A main street in the foreground. Trucks roll by, and bicycles and small cars on the street. Children walking alongside in the background in front of the building. A guard stands at the gate of Public Workers Department. A sign in the background. A sign over a doorway reads 'The USN Headquarters, Support Activity Public Works Dept'. Another sign reads 'Only Authorized Personnel Permitted in Shop Area'. A truck rolls down on the street. An officer walks past the rolling truck. A jeep parked in front of a building. The officer walks towards the building and enters the building. Another officer smoking cigarette walks out of the building. The officer who entered the building waits and then enters a room. Cars parked in front of the building. A vehicle drives and a sign on the vehicle reads 'Public Workers Department Emergency Service Crew Team'. The vehicle backs up. A man gives direction.
Personnel shop from the Saigon Navy Exchange in Saigon, Vietnam during the Vietnam War. the Navy Exchange and an officer is opening a door in the background. A group of mixed personnel enter Exchange move. Several personnel at the counter. Vietnamese girls clerk at the counter. U.S. Stephen W. Bjork holds a sekonic light meter, looking it over prior to buy it. Bjork puts the light meter back into box. Philippine Army Captain Igmedio S. Gardcse from Manila look at the goods in Exchange. The Captain look over sweaters and leaves. Lt. Ann S. Thompson of U.S. from Madison and Lt. Ann L. Rudolph of U.S. from Gettysburg look at Christmas cards in Saigon Exchange. Two Army Nurse Officers look at the Christmas cards on a rack. Two officers looking over the cards. Robert L. Dunn from Tullahoma in Tennesse looks over a gift he may send home. A small vase item being looked over by Dunn. He places it back on shelf. A young girl working in the Navy Exchange stamping prices on packages of candy and tossing candy back into another box. A Vietnamese female clerk folding face cloth.
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.
Personnel buy food items from a Navy Commissary in Saigon, Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Clarence E. Lyons of USAF (United States Air Force) from Canton, Ohio and John T, Brown from Chula Vista, California look trough the Navy Commissary in Saigon. They have items in a basket. Stant T. Kent of RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) from Rockhampton, Queensland looks over the spices shelf in the Commissary. A jar of spices being looked over in the hand of Kent. He walks off with the bottle. Kent walks along looking at things in the Commissary. He passes by the frozen meat and eggs. Men stamp prices on cans. Two Vietnamese workers in the Commissary stamping prices on top of cans. A cash register being run up by one of the women clerks. Canned and other items move along the conveyor belt at the checkout counter. The Vietnamese female worker working on cash register. She checks prices as items move along the belt. A man stands waiting to pay for food he bought. A girl at cash register. Checkout counters in commissary with people going through each area. Several people in the Commissary. One man is checked out at one of the counters. A Vietnamese worker is bagging groceries. Men picking up items from shelves in the Commissary. Personnel making purchases in the Commissary. Some of them use the food baskets. Other just walk around with an item or two in their hands.
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).