• Short Summary

    At the beginning of this month (4 February), a private in the Khmer Republic Army, 21-year-old Pok Sarim, was engaged in close combat along the Mekong River, six miles (10 kilometres) from the capital, Phnom Penh.

  • Description

    At the beginning of this month (4 February), a private in the Khmer Republic Army, 21-year-old Pok Sarim, was engaged in close combat along the Mekong River, six miles (10 kilometres) from the capital, Phnom Penh. After standing and hurling a hand grenade at enemy forces, barely 15 years (metres) away, he was struck by an M79 grenade fired from a hand-held launcher. The grenade penetrated his cheek and lodged against his jawbone.

    On Monday (11 February), on the windswept parade ground in the grounds of a military hospital in Phnom Penh, military doctors attempted to remove the unexploded grenade. The medical team -- all volunteers - was led by Dr. Khun son Soeng, chief of the largest military hospital in the area. Beneath their surgical gowns the doctors wore flak-jackets. Their heads were shielded by steel helmets.

    A special sand-bag bunker was built on the parade ground as the patient--a three-year veteran in the army -- lay on a bed, his pregnant wife at his side, in a nearby building.

    After the lengthy preparations, the operation was almost anti-climactic. It was oil over in a few minutes. Pok Sarim is one of the few lucky combatants in the continuing war.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8QDCQ7U6JICT5OPY6085ZW3GU
    Media URN:
    VLVA8QDCQ7U6JICT5OPY6085ZW3GU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/02/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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