This dramatic film shows the death of a grenade thrower in the South Vietnamese Army.?
GV South Vietnamese troops firing at Viet Cong to cover Van Phuc, grenade thrower (2 shots)
SVs & MVs Van Phuc crawling towards old grave for cover with colleagues giving covering fire (5 shots)
GVs Van Phuc at grave throws grenades (5 shots)
MVs Van Phuc crawling back towards troops under covering fire & talks to troops (5 shots)
MVs, SVs & GVs Van Phuc crawls out against under covering fire (4 shots)
GVs & MVs Van Phuc throwing grenades (7 shots)
MV Van Phuc runs, for cover under hail of bullets from enemy; South troops return fire (2 shots)
MV Van Phuc crouching in hunker holding stomach & slumps dead as troops keep firing
SVs & MVs Van Phuc carried off by comrades (3 shots)
Initials ESP/1430 ESP/1501
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Background: 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.