Although most people think of the war in Vietnam as being fought in the flooded rice paddles of the lowlands, that impression is not entirely accurate.
Although most people think of the war in Vietnam as being fought in the flooded rice paddles of the lowlands, that impression is not entirely accurate. paratroops of the 101st U.S. Airborne Division are fighting in the rugged highlands where vertical cliffs and steep ravines make the country as much an enemy as the hidden Viet Cong.
Some of the men of the 101st trained in mountain warfare in a State Park in Kentucky in the United States, but most did not. Therefore, they were unprepared for the cliffs, ravines, the narrow valleys, the dense trees and spiked thorns of the vietnamese highlands. Temperatures are in the 90's and the area is infested with snakes and insects.
The paratroopers in our film were on a two-day mission to find and kill Viet Cong. Two companies went up a mountain and down the other side. When they reached a river they were fired on. They got artillery to fire back.
Five bodies of Viet Cong soldiers were found. The paratroopers think as many as 45 other dead were carried off. About 160 Vietnamese refugees were moved out of danger by truck. Four Americans died and nine were wounded.