• Short Summary

    A UNITED STATES NIKE-HERCULES BATTALION LANDED ON FORMOSA TODAY (10/8/58) TO BEEF UP THE NATIONALISTS' ANTI-AIR-CRAFT DEFENSES; THE FIVE-TON HERCULES MISSILE IS CAPABLE OF CARRYING A NUCLEAR WAR-HEAD.

  • Description

    A UNITED STATES NIKE-HERCULES BATTALION LANDED ON FORMOSA TODAY (10/8/58) TO BEEF UP THE NATIONALISTS' ANTI-AIR-CRAFT DEFENSES; THE FIVE-TON HERCULES MISSILE IS CAPABLE OF CARRYING A NUCLEAR WAR-HEAD. ON QUEMOY -- NATIONALIST ANTI-AIR-CRAFT MISTAKENLY FIRED ON A FORMATION OF THEIR OWN SABRE-JETS. NO DAMAGE INFLICTED. THE NATIONALISTS ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE COMMUNIST CEASE-FIRE TO STEP UP SUPPLYING THE OFF-SHORE ISLANDS. LATE FILM FROM OUR NBC NEWS ROOM IN LOS ANGELES.

    ....JUST OUTSIDE KAOSHIUNG HARBOUR (CQ) IN FORMOSA (place - source). A GROUP OF SMALL LANDING CRAFT, MANNED BY CHINESE NATIONALIST CREWS, MET UP WITH AMERICAN ESCORT VESSELS -- TO FORM THE FIRST SUPPLY CONVOY TO QUEMOY ISLAND AFTER THE CEASE-FIRE.

    ON THE U.S.S. MARION (CQ), AN L-S-D, OR LANDING SHIP DOCK, THE GREAT WELL GATE (CQ) WENT DOWN, THE SEA WATER POURED IN, SO THE CHINESE NATIONALISTS L-C-M'S -- LANDING CRAFT MEDIUM -- COULD BE FLOATED INTO THE BIG WELL DECK. IT'S TRICKY WORK, BUT THE CHINESE SAILORS DID THEIR JOB WELL, IN LINING UP THE CRAFT -- ALL LOADED WITH ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES FOR THE QUEMOY ISLAND GARRISON.

    WITH SIX OF THE L-C-M'S IN PLACE, THIS FIRST RUN TO QUEMOY FOLLOWING THE CEASE-FIRE WAS UNDER WAY. THE CHINESE CREWMEN GOT A LECTURE OF LANDING PROCEDURE.

    WHILE THE AMERICAN GUN CREWS, ON THE WINDY TOP DECKS, CHECKED THEIR ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUNS -- JUST IN CASE.

    IT WAS ROUGH SAILING FOR SHIPS LIKE THE U.S.S. DESTROYER ESCORT "MC GINTY", AS QUEMOY ISLAND DREW NEAR.

    THE FEW MILES OF WATER AT THE END PROVIDED THE REALLY ROUGH SAILING, AS THE SMALL CRAFT HEADED TOWARD THE BEACH.

    THIS L-V-T, LANDING VEHICLE TANK (TRACK) GOT BACK WITH DIFFICULTY, WITH ONE ENGINE DEAD, BUT FINALLY MADE IT INTO THE WELCOMING WELL DECK OF THE PORT MARION......THE RETURNING CHINESE CREWMEN WERE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THE OPERATION.

    THIS WOUNDED CHINESE OFFICER, HOISTED FROM AN L-V-T BY AMERICAN CREWMEN, PROVIDED EVIDENCE THAT OTHER QUEMOY LANDINGS HAD BEEN COSTLY AFFAIRS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6677GH6GXE495C9BXTBESMIY2
    Media URN:
    VLVA6677GH6GXE495C9BXTBESMIY2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/10/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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