U.S. 11th Armored Calvary Regiment clearing a hamlet of North Vietnamese regulars during the Tet Offensive
Long Binh, Vietnam Date:1968, January 31 Duration:2 min 32 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Elements of 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, clearing North Vietnamese Army regulars from "Widows' Village" (a hamlet of housing provided by the government of the Republic of Vietnam for widows and children of fallen ARVN soldiers). The action occurs January 31st, 1968 (on "Tet", the Vietnamese Lunar New Year holiday). U.S. troops firing small arms as they proceed across tall grass into the hamlet. Several M 113 armored personnel carriers (APCs) are seen accompanying the troops. A soldier, who has been hit, lying prone between two other soldiers, tries to get up. Flames consuming huts. Riflemen moving cautiously. A slightly wounded soldier, lying on the ground, smiles as he points to his leg as another soldier helps him. APCs advance, firing 50 caliber machine guns. Riflemen staying close behind. Views of a number of huts, in the hamlet, that have not been destroyed.
(Note: According to Colonel Sonny Craven, then leader of a combat photo team on the scene, these combat sequences was filmed by soldiers of the 221st Signal Company [Pictorial]). Craven and another photographer, were both wounded in the engagement.)
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