• Short Summary

    ARMED HELICOPTERS BROUGHT BACK TO A MILITARY OUTPOST IN CAN THO, SOUTHWEST OF SAIGON OVER THE WEEKEND, CAPTURED VIETCONG WEAPONS AND KILLED AND WOUNDED SOUTH VIETNAMESE SOLDIERS FROM A BATTLE AREA IN THE MEKONG DELTA.

  • Description

    1.
    MLS ARMED HELICOPTER LANDS
    0.03

    2.
    MS CAPTURED VIETCONG WEAPONS TAKEN OUT OF HELICOPTER (TWO SHOTS)
    0.08

    3.
    CU WEAPONS (TILT UP) SOLDIERS
    0.14

    4.
    MS DEAD SOLDIER UNTO STRETCHER; MORE IN FOREGROUND
    0.19

    5.
    MS MORE BODIES ONTO STRETCHER
    0.23

    6.
    MS CARRIED TO AMBULANCE
    0.32

    7.
    CU SOLDIER (TILT DOWN) BULLET REDDLED THIGH OF SOLDIER ON STRETCHER
    0.46

    8.
    LS HELICOPTER LANDS ON CONG HOA HOSPITAL COMPOUND
    0.50

    9.
    LS BLADES ROTATE (TILT DOWN) INJURED SOLDIER CARRIED OUT TO AMBULANCE
    0.58

    10.
    CU ANOTHER WOUNDED SOLDIER TALKS TO COLLEAGUE
    1.02

    11.
    MS ANOTHER CARRIED TO AMBULANCE
    1.13

    12.
    MS MORE CARRIED TO AMBULANCE
    1.21

    13.
    MS ANOTHER INJURED SOLDIER
    1.24

    14.
    LS (PAN) HOSPITAL
    1.32

    15.
    MS PREPARING FOOD FOR PATIENTS
    1.38

    16.
    LS PATIENTS EATING
    1.41

    17.
    CU SOLDIERS EATING (FOUR SHOTS)
    1.52

    18.
    MS RELATIVES WAITING FOR HOSPITAL TO OPEN
    2.00

    19.
    MS OTHERS WAITING
    2.01

    20.
    MS CROWD WAITING
    2.03

    21.
    MS SOLDIERS OPEN GATE; CROWD INTO
    2.25

    22.
    MS PATIENT WITH HIS CHILD
    2.28

    23.
    MS WIFE FANS HUSBAND
    2.30

    24.
    MS PATIENT PATS CHILD (TWO SHOTS)
    2.37

    25.
    MS PATIENT SCANS THOROUGH LETTERS
    2.43

    26.
    LS HOSPITAL
    2.46



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    Background: ARMED HELICOPTERS BROUGHT BACK TO A MILITARY OUTPOST IN CAN THO, SOUTHWEST OF SAIGON OVER THE WEEKEND, CAPTURED VIETCONG WEAPONS AND KILLED AND WOUNDED SOUTH VIETNAMESE SOLDIERS FROM A BATTLE AREA IN THE MEKONG DELTA. THE SOLDIERS WERE PART OF A SEVEN BATTALION SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT FORCE ENGAGED WITH COMMUNIST VIETCONG IN A SEARCH AND DESTROY OPERATION IN THE SEVEN CANALS REGION ABOUT 20 MILES OF CAN THO. THE SAME AREA HAS BEEN THE SCENE OF SEVERAL BITTER ACTIONS IN THE PAST.

    THE GOVERNMENT FORCE INFLICTED LOSSES OF AT LEAST 50 KILLED ON THE VIETCONG. ALTHOUGH GOVERNMENT CASUALTIES WERE DESCRIBED AS MODERATE, THEY WERE UNDERSTOOD TO HAVE BEEN HEAVY IN SOME UNITS. THE BATTLE WAS THE BIGGEST IN THE DELTA SINCE AUGUST 12 WHEN GOVERNMENT TROOPS, SUPPORTED BY AMERICAN JETS, KILLED AN ESTIMATED 250 VIETCONG GUERRILLAS.

    WHILE PREPARATIONS WERE BEING MADE TO BURY THE DEAD, THE INJURED WERE AIRLIFTED TO THE CONG HOA MILITARY HOSPITAL, ABOUT 18 MILES FROM SAIGON.

    THE HOSPITAL, ONE OF THE MANY SET UP BY THE GOVERNMENT TO COPE WITH WAR CASUALTIES, MAINLY GOVERNMENT TROOPS, IS AN INSTITUTION WHERE LIFE EXHIBITS OF HUMAN DESTRUCTION AT ITS UGLIEST ARE DISPLAYED.

    ABOUT 3,000 SOLDIERS ARE PATIENTS IN THIS HOSPITAL WHICH HAS A STAFF OF 40 DOCTORS. THE PLACE IS ALREADY OVER CROWDED--EIGHT BEDS TO A SMALL ROOM WHICH WAS NORMALLY USED FOR TWO PATIENTS. THE DIET CONSISTS OF RICE, MEAT, VEGETABLES AND SOUP.

    EACH DAY, ARMED HELICOPTERS BRING IN FRESH VICTIMS FROM BATTLE FIELDS ROUND THE COUNTRY. AT FIRST, THEY GROAN WITH PAIN FROM BULLET WOUNDS....BUT ONCE THE OPERATION IS OVER, THEY EITHER REMAIN SILENT OR SMILE AWAY AT BEING HANDICAPPED FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. IN THIS CASE, THEY ARE PENSIONED OFF BY THE GOVERNMENT AT HALF THEIR MONTHLY SALARY.

    THE VIETNAMESE HAVE LEARNED TO LIVE WITH THE WAR IMPOSED UPON THEM BY AN ACCIDENT OF HISTORY. HAVING FOUGHT FIRST WITH THE CHINESE, THEN THE JAPANESE AND FRENCH, THEY ARE NOW ENGAGED IN A BATTLE WITH THEIR OWN KIN--THE VIETCONG.

    VISITING HOURS ARE ALWAYS A BIG TURN OUT OF WIVES, MOTHERS AND LOVED ONES. THEY WAIT OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL LONG BEFORE THE GATES ARE OPENED.... ANXIOUS TO SEE THEIR INJURED RELATIVES. A VIETNAMESE MOTHER OFTEN BRINGS HER ENTIRE FAMILY TO THE HOSPITAL. ACCORDING TO THEM, IT IS BETTER TO SEE A DISABLED BUT LIVE HUSBAND THAN A DEAD ONE.

    FOR THOSE WHOSE FAMILIES ARE RESIDING IN FAR AWAY PROVINCES, A LETTER IS THE ONLY WAY OF COMMUNICATION. HERE A PATIENT SCANS THROUGH A PILE OF LETTERS FISHED OUT FROM A BOY TO SEE IF THERE'S ANY FOR HIM.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACHP5EX8ZQ2IA16TXJWM1WRH1C
    Media URN:
    VLVACHP5EX8ZQ2IA16TXJWM1WRH1C
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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