• Short Summary

    IN SOUTH VIETNAM THERE'S ATTACK AND COUNTER-ATTACK. YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) VIET CONG FORCES LAUNCHED AT LEAST?

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    MS SOLDIERS RETURNING TO CAMP - SOUND OVER SOUND BEGINS "WE HAD THE MOST FIRE POWER LAST NIGHT" SOUNDS ENDS..."MEDALS OF HONOUR"
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    MS SOLDIER BEING INTERVIEWED. SHOT OF SOLDIERS CAMP AND OPERATING THEATRE. QUESTION:(SOF BEGINS) "WHAT HAPPENED?" ANSWER: (SOF ENDS) "THAT GUY BROUGHT BE BACK BUDDY"
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    AMERICAN INFANTRY TALKING TO REPORTER IMMEDIATELY AFTER AN ATTACK IN WHICH TWO MEN WERE KILLED.



    FIRST SOLDIER: "WE HAD THE MOST FIRE-POWER LAST NIGHT. WE SENT THEM OUT THERE; HAD A WELL-PLANNED AMBUSH SET UP. THEY HAD SO MANY DARN TUNNELS OUT THERE - TRENCH NETWORKS. THESE SNEAKY LITTLE DEVILS WILL JUST COME UP IN ON YOU FROM ALL SIDES, CENTRE, AND USE AUTOMATIC WEAPONS ON YOU BUT FROM WHAT WE HAD OUT THERE - WE HAD SOME OF THE FINEST PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY."THEY DID THEIR BEST AND A COUPLE OF TEAM DESERVE THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOUR."



    REPORTER TO SECOND SOLDIER: "WHAT HAPPENED, DID YOU LOSE YOUR BUDDY?"



    SECOND SOLDIER: "WE WERE SITTING ON THE RIGHT - ON THE LEFT RATHER - BENTON WAS ON THE RIGHT WITH A MACHINE GUN. WE TURNED AROUND AND SPOTTED THEM COMING UP THE TRAIL. THEY HAD SOMETHING ON THEIR SHOULDER - LOOKED LIKE A MACHINE GUN OR SOMETHING. THEY CAME UP. WE OPENED FIRE. JOE OPENED UP WITH A MACHINE GUN."I CAN SAY ONE THING FOR JOE - IF IT HADN'T BEEN FOR HIM WE'D HAVE LOST MORE THAN WE DID. 'cAUSE JUST AS SOON AS THEY CAME OUT OF THAT TUNNEL HE CUT LOOSE. HE DIDN'T STAND A CHANCE SO THEY OPENED ON HIM WITH TWO OR THREE AUTOMATICS AND THAT WAS IT. AND IF HE HADN'T BEEN THERE, I'LL TELL YOU ONE THING, IF IT HADN'T BEEN FOR THE FIRST PLATOON THE FIRST SQUAD WOULD HAVE BEEN HIT BECAUSE THEY HAD US COMPLETELY SURROUNDED. IF A MAN TELLS ME AIN'T MORE THAN A COMPANY OUT THERE IN THEM WOODS, I'M GOING TO CALL HIM A LIAR."



    REPORTER: "WAS IT JOE BENTON? WAS HE YOUR BUDDY?"



    ANOTHER SOLDIER: "YES. HE WAS CLOSE TO EVERYBODY IN THE PLATOON."



    REPORTER: "IS THAT HIS LETTER YOU'RE CARRYING?"



    SOLDIER: "NO. IT'S A LETTER FROM MY WIFE I CARRY WITH ME."



    REPORTER: "I'M GLAD YOU CAME BACK TO READ IT."



    SOLDIER: "THAT GUY BROUGHT ME BACK BUDDY."




    Initials AA/V-S/JH/SA



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: IN SOUTH VIETNAM THERE'S ATTACK AND COUNTER-ATTACK. YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) VIET CONG FORCES LAUNCHED AT LEAST FIVE SEPARATE MORTAR ATTACKS ON UNITED STATES MARINES AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE POSITIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION OF THE COUNTRY. WHILE THE VIET CONG SNIPE, AMBUSH AND ATTACK, THE AMERICANS ARE PRESSING HOME SEVERAL MAJOR OFFENSIVES.

    AT CU CHI - TWENTY FIVE MILES (40 KMS) FROM THE CAPITAL A TYPICAL ACTION TOOK PLACE RECENTLY. FOR SEVERAL DAYS, GUERILLA SNIPERS HAD HARASSED AMERICAN INFANTRYMEN. THEN THE AMERICANS ATTACKED; THEY WERE AMBUSHED. OUR REPORTER ON THE SPOT RECORDED THESE HIGHLY PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS OF THE BATTLE BY THE MEN WHO TOOK PART......

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3V387C7WRDDJOW65XN74SQD5I
    Media URN:
    VLVA3V387C7WRDDJOW65XN74SQD5I
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/02/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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