U.S. Navy personnel aboard river patrol boats [PBRs] during a patrol in the Bassac River, Vietnam. A PBR underway. A soldier operates a Mk 18 Mod 0 grenade launcher. Heavy foliage alongside the riverbank. Chief Petty Officer Briggs operates the boat. Helicopters in flight. Lieutenant Lemon and Lieutenant Riedel man their M-60 machine guns. Explosions occur in water. They load ammunition belts in the guns. Several boats underway. Officers man their machine guns. American flags on the deck of the boats.
U.S. sailors aboard River Patrol Boats during a patrol in the Bassac River, Vietnam, during the Vietnam War. An M-2 Browning .50 cal. machine gun at the stern of a boat. Men man their .50 cal. machine guns. Soldier fires Mk 18 Mod 0 grenade launcher. Heavy foliage alongside the riverbank. Officers pour water on the engine of the boat. Lieutenant Lemon and Lieutenant Riedel man their machine guns. They load ammunition belts in the guns. Soldier stands ready with a M79 grenade launcher aimed at river bank. A helicopter in flight overhead.
Officers aboard Quiet Fast Boats during a patrol in the Bassac River, Vietnam. An M-60 machine gun in the foreground. U.S. Lieutenant Lemon and Lieutenant Riedel man their M-60 machine gun in the stern section of the QFB ( Quiet Fast Boats). Heavy foliage along the riverbank. One of the officers takes a paddle from the boat and puts it over the side. Chief Petty Officer Briggs is the coxswain of the boat. Lieutenant Lemon and Lieutenant Riedel man their M-60 machine gun in the background. Soldier fires a Mk 18 Mod 0 grenade launcher. Closeup view of the Mk 18 grenade launcher as it is fired. Soldier pours river water on engines. Helicopters in flight overhead.
Scenes of Vietnamese people as they flee Hue during communist siege of the city in 1968 Tet offensive during the Vietnam War. Refugees with belongings run as city is bombed. Houses burned. Woman cries after crossing remains of a destroyed bridge over river. Scenes changes to one year later: Long line of Vietnamese on way to newly discovered mass grave on March 25, 1969. Vietnamese civilians dig and on March 27, 1969 they begin to uncover bodies in the sand which show signs of torture. Locals try to identify dead. Second mass grave uncovered. Dead bodies and body parts. Third mass burial uncovered. Men at local authorities meeting. Assembly point for hundreds of coffins. Incense burning. Mourners at coffin. Coffin opened and woman looks at remains. Flowers and incense burning on coffins. Buddhist ceremonies shows coffins prepared for procession. Women grieve. Shrine at cemetery.
Excerpt from film entitled "Counterattack- Marine Air Ground Team," about U.S. Marines in the Vietnam War. Marines are seen walking cautiously across irrigation ditches in cultivated region of South Vietnam. Scene shifts to one marine looking down at a hole where smoke is rising at the base of a berm. Vietnamese families evacuating their village where marines are burning houses and huts. View from riverbank strung with barbed wire, where marines are relaxing while gunfire is heard and black smoke rises from fires burning across the river. Next, a city is seen jammed with Vietnamese refugees with their belongings (some being assisted by ARVN soldiers) making their way through the crowds. A fallen civilian seen on the ground, victim of the Viet Cong (VC). Buildings and places of worship severely damaged by the VC. A bearded old Vietnamese man wearing a non la (conical hat) and smoking a cigarette, is questioned by a U.S. soldier.
(Narrator says civilians are reluctant to say much for fear of reprisals.) Marines walking slowly through a village, and then through areas of trees and brush, open areas, and dense jungle. View of underbelly of a U.S. jet fighter bomber in flight over water, carrying two BLU-10 250 lb Napalm Bombs. A Marine A-4 Skyhawk jet dives down and drops a bomb that explodes with large fireball and black smoke. Closeup of an A-4 in flight. View of pilot in cockpit and sound of conversation with ground controllers. Pilot asks if there are any more requests from the "grunts." Anachronistic Inserted images of two Marine F-4s from VMFA 232 (Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232). They display "Red Devil" insignia on their sides. (They flew ground support in F-4s from Chu Lai Air base, Vietnam, commencing 1969.) View shifts to Marines "Grunts" in sandy area, with one communicating by radio. Next, a jet fighter bomber swoops down and unloads bombs that explode in succession on the ground. Marines in heavily sandbagged trenches. A jet fighter flies low overhead at very high speed. Another succession of bomb bursts is seen. Sea-going Marines arrive and exit Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters, at landing zone. Views of Marines exiting the choppers and then a variety of views of CH-46s in flight. Closeup of one in flight. View of interior, with a squad of Marines, inside, in battle gear. CH-46s landing and taking off.
Operation Seafloat in the Cua Lon River,Vietnam. Armed Vietnamese personnel board PCFs (Patrol Craft Fast) along side a barge. A gun mounted aboard a PCF. Men on the PCF. A USN (United States Navy) man in a flak jacket and helmet works inside the cabin of the vessel. A barge personnel on deck works with weapons. Vietnamese soldiers clean and oil M-16 rifles on the PCF. American personnel with M-16 rifles. A U.S. flag seen fluttering in the background. Heavy foliage on the riverbank as seen during a fire fight. Vietnamese soldiers move into heavy brush. An RVN (Republic of Vietnam) personnel moves out of a cabin on the river craft. Armed PCF moves slowly up the river. River craft at bank of the river. Other crafts seen. A part of the bow of the PCF in the river appears to have been shot away.