• Short Summary

    MEN OF THE UNITED STATES MARINES CARRIED OUT A SURPRISE OPERATION SOUTH OF DA NANG AIRBASE ON WEDNESDAY IN AN EFFORT TO TRAP THE VIETCONG 79TH BATTALION - KNOWN TO CONSIST OF ABOUT 350 MEN, AND THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN OPERATING IN THE AREA.

  • Description

    MEN OF THE UNITED STATES MARINES CARRIED OUT A SURPRISE OPERATION SOUTH OF DA NANG AIRBASE ON WEDNESDAY IN AN EFFORT TO TRAP THE VIETCONG 79TH BATTALION - KNOWN TO CONSIST OF ABOUT 350 MEN, AND THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN OPERATING IN THE AREA.DURING THE MOVEMENT, THE MARINES ENTERED AND DESTROYED A SMALL VILLAGE THEY BELIEVED HAD BEEN USED AS A VIETCONG STAGING POINT.

    BEFORE THE TROOPS MOVED INTO THE VILLAGE, A UNITED STATES HELICOPTER SKIMMED OVERHEAD, ITS PILOT CALLING ON THE VILLAGERS THROUGH A LOUDSPEAKER TO TAKE TO THE OPEN FIELDS.ABOUT FIVE HUNDRED DID SO.

    DURING THE OPERATION, TWENTY-NINE VIETCONG SOLDIERS WERE REPORTED KILLED, AND THE UNITED STATES SOLDIERS TOOK NEARLY 100 PRISONERS.THEY SAID THEY DESTROYED MORE THAN 40 TUNNEL COMPLEXES AND BUNKERS.

    UNITED STATES OFFICIALS HAD BEEN WORRIED ABOUT INCREASED VIETCONG ACTIVITY NEAR THE BASE.DA NANG IS VITAL TO THE AMERICAN OPERATIONS IN VIETNAM.TWENTY-FOUR HOURS AFTER THIS OPERATION, VIETCONG SOLDIERS LAUNCHED A LIGHTENING ATTACK ON THE FUEL STORES AT THE AIR BASE AND DESTROYED SEVEN HUGE STORAGE TANKS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACT4QEW31H4X1ESZO2FWT2BI3O
    Media URN:
    VLVACT4QEW31H4X1ESZO2FWT2BI3O
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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