Segment of U.S. Information Agency film about its so-called "Operation Vagabond."
Greece Date:1954 Duration:2 min 18 sec Sound:Yes
Film about USIA "Operation Vagabond," employing Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC Courier WAGR-410). View of the "Courier," at sea. It is bristling with antennas, and displaying numerous flags, permitting it to operate in many territorial waters. View from her deck to land on the Island of Rhodes in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. View of sign over a ship's hatch, reading,"Relay Broadcast Receiving Room." Inside, two crew members are seen operating equipment that instantaneously re-transmits Voice of America broadcasts. A sign "On Air," is illuminated in the compartment. Operators seen adjusting various pieces of broadcast equipment. Back on deck, camera focuses on a helium-filled balloon, holding the ship's transmission antenna, aloft. View from another ship, of the "Courier," and the helium balloon, in the distance. Illustrated chart shows fractions of VOA listeners behind the "Iron Curtain," and in mainland China. Cartoon illustrating penalties for VOA listeners. Polish escapee, interpreter, Jan Hajdukiewicz, is seen broadcasting on VOA microphone. He fled the Communist delegation during Korean truce talks at Panmunjom.
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