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.
Operation Seafloat in the Cua Lon River, Vietnam. A mobile base in the river. American and South Vietnamese flags on the mobile base. A large field with the mobile base. A part of ATC seen nearby. Village rubble along the water edge. A guard on duty near the destroyed village. A barge complex (mobile base) in the background. The barge complex in the mid river. A large sampan underway in the river. South Vietnam flags seen on sampans. The sampan is tied to the barge complex. Other boats approach. Vietnamese in sampans alongside the barge. Republic of Vietnam personnel from the barge checks people and sampans. Two women on the sampan tied to the barge. Two men on the barge. Sampans in the background. Two USN (United States Navy) men work on a 50 caliber machine gun on a barge. The sampan pulls away from the side of the barge.
Operation Seafloat in the Cua Lon River,Vietnam. Crewmen stand guard on a barge. A bridge spans the river. Rubble of a village seen on the water's edge. Men remove rockets from canisters and time the rocket mechanism. Two crewmen stand on a barge complex. A control fire ship moves past a barge towards the open river. Vietnamese personnel control the boat. A man looks out over the river through binoculars. Sampans approach the barge complex. Vietnamese aboard the sampans along side the barge. South Vietnamese flags on the sampans. People on sampans arrive to tie the sampans to the barge. Vietnamese move on sampans tied to the barge. A security man checks the sampans. He searches a Vietnamese man and distributes pamphlets to the man. Other Vietnamese men seen on the sampan. An RVN (Republic of Vietnam) flag seen flying stick on the boat. A young boy on the sampan. A man wearing a coolie hat starts a small outboard motor on the sampan. Other boats leave the barge. Two men chat on the deck of the barge. PCFs (Patrol Craft Fast) tied up to the barge in the background with engines running. A group of men stands on the deck area of the barge. American flags on the deck. Landing Craft Mechanized ( LCM-6s) naval crafts tied up in the background. United States Navy and RVN personnel talk on the barge complex.
U.S. Army vehicles on the beach and ships underway in Vietnam. Two Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) under way on a river. Debris on a beach. Coiled barbed wire. Damaged C ration cartons strewn about beach. Exhaust comes from Landing Craft Mechanized (LCM) up to beach. The LCM at beach loaded with tanks. Two soldiers walk on beach with rifles over shoulder. LCVP on river. View of the Cua Viet River. The Landing Craft Mechanized (LCM) under way on river. Officers and men on bridge of U.S. Navy USS Meeker County (LST -980). An officer speaks over bull horn. Jeeps and trailers move over deck of LST for offloading. Vehicles offloading from Landing Ship Tank (LST). Jeep moves over beach to parking area. LCM-8 moves up alongside. The LCM-8 on the beach. A man in dungarees, flak jackets and helmet works. The LCM-8 loaded with tank turns around and moves out into the river. LCM-3 underway on river. Soldiers relax on deck of U.S. Navy USS Meeker County (LST -980). An LCM loaded into the ship. Soldiers roll the metal pole to load the LCM. The soldiers work on the LST. Tanks and vehicles on beach. UH-1B Iroquois helicopter in flight over water. Rolling debris over the area. Beach area being eroded by heavy surf. Surf rolling in towards the beach. Vehicles parked on the beach. A causeway in the foreground.
The activities of the United States Navy in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. United States Navy Sea, Air and Land Forces (SEAL) members in Vietnam. Three SEAL officers get aboard a United States Army UH-1B Iroquois helicopter. A member of the SEAL recon team talks to pilot and direct him by a map. Helicopter in flight over heavy jungle in Rung Sat area along the Lon Tau river. Aerial view of a barren patch of ground amidst the jungle growth, taken during the recon. Small tributaries of the Lon Tau river. Mekong area, river in the background.
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.