A CH-54 helicopter of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne is seen in flight on a combat assault mission. Interior and pilot are shown. Control panel is seen. The helicopter moves over a water body.
Television broadcast of U.S. President Richard Nixon's speech from the White House in Washington DC, United States on the withdrawal of remaining U.S. troops from Vietnam on 29th March 1973 during the Vietnam War. The White House. The Seal of the President of the United States. The President talks about that period of the Vietnam War when he joined the office and speaks about the program he initiated to end the war. He says American prisoners are on their way from Vietnam and people of South Vietnam are now free to choose their government. He says North Vietnam is not complying with few provisions of the Peace Agreement. He says that they should honor all those American soldiers who died during the Vietnam War. He refers to the difficult days of the war including the moratorium to end the war which was organized on October 15, 1969 when millions of Americans took day off from work and schools to participate in local demonstrations against the war. Nixon refers to the period of April 1971 when he ordered attacks on Communist bases in Cambodia. He talks about the period of May 1972 when he ordered air strikes in North Vietnam and the period of December 1972 when he ordered more air strikes.
The body of Ho Chi Minh, lying in State, following his death, on September 2, 1969. during the Vietnam War. Recounting scenes of war, revolution and violence associated with Ho Chi Minh's life and struggles. An aircraft in flight drops bombs. A smoke column rises from explosions. People weep. Prisoners executed in a field. Pile of dead bodies, in front of clusters of Christian crosses.
The so-called, "March against Death," extending from Thursday evening (November 13, 1969) throughout that night and all the next day. Peace activists protesting the Vietnam War, are seen at night carrying candles as they walk from Arlington Cemetery, past the White House. Dr. Benjamin Spock is one of the protestors. A young girl lights her candle. A woman with a candle as she holds a figure of a white pigeon symbolizing peace. Men move in a line as they protest against the Vietnam War and demand the end of the war. Anti-war activists, walking with placards around their necks that contain names of fallen American soldiers.
The Selective Service System (SSS) holds a draft lottery in 1969. The Lottery selection system chooses soldiers for induction into the Vietnam War. Members of the Selective Service Youth Advisory Committee participate in the draft, choosing birth dates from a glass bowl. The dates are read aloud and posted on the draft board. One young man protests by flashing a Peace sign with his fingers every time he chooses a draft number.
Meeting of the Eighteen-Nation Committee on Disarmament (United Nations) on January 27, 1966, at the Palace of Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. Seen among others are: William Forster, U.S. representative; Soviet chief negotiator, S.K.Tsarapkin; and British representative, Lord Chalfont (Alun Arthur Gwynne Jones, Baron Chalfont). Views of the meeting starting with Mr. Tsarapkin as the Chair. Camera pans interior of the Palace of Nations. View of the outside of the building. Press briefing with closeup of Mr. Tsarapkin as he voices the USSR support for discussion of draft treaties to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. Closeups of U.S. delegate William Forster standing by a lake as narrator speaks of the hope for progress. Different sequence shows Joan Baez singing her song "Last night I had the strangest dream," at a rally near the Washington Monument, in Washington, DC, on November 15, 1969. This gathering of hundreds of thousands in peaceful protest, was organized by the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam.