• Short Summary

    OVER 40 AMERICAN HELICOPTERS WERE USED IN AN ATTEMPT TO EVACUATE 600 SOUTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS AND CIVILIANS FROM THE BESIEGED VILLAGE OF THUAN MONG IN THE CENTRAL HIGHLAND PROVINCE OF PHU BON IN SOUTH VIETNAM.

  • Description

    OVER 40 AMERICAN HELICOPTERS WERE USED IN AN ATTEMPT TO EVACUATE 600 SOUTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS AND CIVILIANS FROM THE BESIEGED VILLAGE OF THUAN MONG IN THE CENTRAL HIGHLAND PROVINCE OF PHU BON IN SOUTH VIETNAM.

    BUT VIETCONG MORTAR FIRE WAS SO INTENSE THAT THE EVACUATION HAD TO BE CUT SHORT ON FRIDAY AND ONLY 120 REFUGEES FROM THE ENCIRCLED VILLAGE MANAGED TO GET A LIFT ON THE HELICOPTERS.

    THEY WERE LANDED AT CHEO REO, THE PROVINCIAL CAPITAL ABOUT EIGHT MILES (12 KMS) FROM THE VILLAGE. ATTEMPTS TO GET THROUGH TO THUAN MONG ON THE GROUND FAILED IN THE FACE OF STRONG VIETCONG AMBUSH. MOST OF THE REFUGEES WERE CHILDREN WHOSE PARENTS WERE EITHER DEAD OR MISSING. AS THEY LANDED, THE AIRSTRIP CAME UNDER MORTAR FIRE FROM VIETCONG POSITIONS AND ONE HELICOPTER WAS DAMAGED.

    THUAN MONG IS THE FOURTH VILLAGE IN A MONTH TO BE ABANDONED OR EVACUATED BY SOUTH VIETNAMESE FORCES. LE THANH IN PLEIKU PROVINCE WAS OVERRUN BY THE VIETCONG, RETAKEN AND THEN ABANDONED. DONG XOAI WAS ALSO OVERRUN, RETAKEN IN A BLOODY BATTLE, THE INHABITANTS WERE THEN EVACUATED AND THE TOWN ABANDONED. EARLY LAST WEEK TOU MOURONG IN KONTUM PROVINCE WAS OVERRUN WITH THE LOSS OF MANY CIVILIANS CAUGHT UP IN THE FIGHTING. ATTEMPTS BY SOUTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS TO RETAKE IT FAILED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACHWB3FM1PXZG3ZSRN6OK7IX2K
    Media URN:
    VLVACHWB3FM1PXZG3ZSRN6OK7IX2K
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/07/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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