This dramatic film shows the death of a grenade thrower in the South Vietnamese Army.?
This dramatic film shows the death of a grenade thrower in the South Vietnamese Army. After making a series of single-handed attacks on a viet Cong position, he returns safely to his own lines - then collapses with a bullet in his stomach, and dies within seconds.
The soldier was Nguyen Van Phuc (pronounced: Noo-win vun fook - rhyming with cook). He was one of a team of grenade throwers in the 25th Infantry Division, which was called in to re-open Highway 13. Nguyen's job on Saturday was easier than usual - he had an old tomb to give him cover while he lobbed his grenades. On his last trip he had to return under a hail of machine-gun fire, but got back safely, only to die from a stray burst of fire.