• Short Summary

    Much of the pain, agony and frustration of the Viet Nam war was evident in Operation Shawnee, a search and destroy mission in the wood south of Quang Tri City. "F" Company of the 2nd Battalion 9th Marines were airlifted into the area by helicopter and soon afterwards, one of its platoons was fired on by a Viet Cong machine gun.

  • Description

    Much of the pain, agony and frustration of the Viet Nam war was evident in Operation Shawnee, a search and destroy mission in the wood south of Quang Tri City. "F" Company of the 2nd Battalion 9th Marines were airlifted into the area by helicopter and soon afterwards, one of its platoons was fired on by a Viet Cong machine gun.

    Five men were killed and seven wounded in few minutes.

    When the Marines were able to pull back, they called in an air strike on the Viet Cong positions, and began to evacuate their wounded by a single helicopter. The troops cut a helicopter landing zone out of the brush on the hillside, but due to the rough terrain, the aircraft was unable to land. The pilot had to keep the front wheel in the air by juggling his controls as the wounded and the dead were placed onboard together.

    Making the operation harder was the intense heat and humidity, that caused 20 men to collapse. The men were also very upset because of their weapons.

    One Marine sergeant was almost crying with rage and sorrow because he said the M-16 rifles his men are supplied with had jammed repeatedly. He said two of his troops had been killed because their rifles had failed to fire.Earlier reports that the M-16 was not working properly came from Marines engaged in fighting on Hill 881 North several miles to the west of the Operations Shawnee area.

    After the wounded and dead were evacuated, the remainder of the Marine force continued to look for the elusive Viet Cong.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA76LLVYS88Q483ZX2BQ1SVP3WC
    Media URN:
    VLVA76LLVYS88Q483ZX2BQ1SVP3WC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/05/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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