South Vietnamese troops routed 400 Viet Cong who had been shelling in the U.S. Ton?
LS People milling around the streets
MS People looking over rubble
MCU Children standing around
MLS Officials looking over damage
MCU Workers passing cinder blocks
MS Soldier looking at supplies
MCU On cases piled up on platform
LS Soldier stands guard
MS Soldiers looking at damage to one building
MS Pan shot of house which was hit with rocket
MS Soldiers milling around
MS 4 shots of soldiers quarters which was shelled
MCU Damaged or shelled building
LS Various buildings which were hit
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Background: South Vietnamese troops routed 400 Viet Cong who had been shelling in the U.S. Ton Son Nhut Airbase near Saigon, South Viet Nam on Sunday (February 25). U.S. planes roared in and caught fleeing guerrillas with napalm bombs, killing 52.
Viet Cong have attacked the large, vulnerable U.S. base frequently since their Lunar New Year offensive. They fire their mortars and rockets from positions close to the base and quickly move out to elude U.S. soldiers who continually search for them. Viet Cong weapons are portable and men and supplies can be infiltrated easily from nearby Cambodia to reinforce the guerrillas.
Twenty Viet Cong rockets struck Tan Son Nhut early in the morning on Friday (February 23), killing four U.S. soldiers and wounding 31. Eleven Vietnamese civilians were reported killed and four wounded in a group of houses about two blocks from the base. This film shows U.S. officials and soldiers cleaning up after that attack. U.S. spokesman said several buildings were destroyed, including the Post Exchange where U.S. troops buy retail goods. No aircraft were hit.