United States Navy Riverine Patrol boat operations in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War
South Vietnam Date:1967, June Duration:5 min 10 sec Sound:Yes
Navy Lieutenant exchanges salutes and receives reports from junior officers aboard the USS Harnett County (LST-821) anchored 2 miles from the mouth of the Co Chien River in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam. Crew members don helmets and board riverine patrol boats. View from a patrol boat as it is underway. (LST 821 and another patrol boat are in background.) Closeup of gunner setting up his twin M2HB .50 caliber (12.7 mm) machine guns. Two patrol boats speeding across the water. Closeup of several crewmen in one of the boats. The second boat pulling up close to port, astern of the first boat. View from land as both boats enter a narrow river. closeup of the U.S. flag flying in the breeze. The patrol boats pass a Vietnamese family of 9 persons, in a wooden boat. Views of other local Vietnamese and their boats and dwellings along the river banks. A local ferryboat carrying many Vietnamese people. Patrol boat members watching activity with binoculars. One has his M16 rifle at the ready. The crew signals to a wooden Vietnamese boat flying the South Vietnam flag, which approaches and presents a document. The crew searches the boat and occupants for Viet Cong persons or supplies. Views of the patrol boat stopping and searching a number of small open wood boats and occupants. The Americans give small gifts to some of them, especially to any children. Closeup of a mother with several children in their boat. Closeups of individual Patrol Boat crew members, in relaxed moments, smoking, eating, and simply sitting as the boat cruises along the river. The U.S. flag fluttering. Dramatic view of clouds, gray sky, and wake of the boat in the water.
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