• Short Summary

    SOUTH VIETNAMESE CIVILIANS WERE ACCIDENTALLY GUNNED DOWN IN THE STREETS OF SAIGON BY A UNITED STATES HELICOPTER ON TUESDAY AS THEY FLED FROM AN AMERICAN MORTAR AND ROCKET BARRAGE THAT LEVELLED HOUSES IN THE CITY AND SENT THE REFUGEES FLEEING FOR SAFETY.

  • Description

    SOUTH VIETNAMESE CIVILIANS WERE ACCIDENTALLY GUNNED DOWN IN THE STREETS OF SAIGON BY A UNITED STATES HELICOPTER ON TUESDAY AS THEY FLED FROM AN AMERICAN MORTAR AND ROCKET BARRAGE THAT LEVELLED HOUSES IN THE CITY AND SENT THE REFUGEES FLEEING FOR SAFETY. THE CIVILIANS WERE KILLED AS THE AMERICAN HELICOPTER MADE A STRAFING RUN OVERHEAD IN AN ATTEMPT TO DEAL WITH VIET CONG ATTACKERS.

    MANY BUILDINGS BELIEVED TO BE CONCEALING VIET CONG GUERILLAS WERE SMASHED TO THE GROUND BY THE ROCKET AND MACHINEGUNS OF THE AMERICAN HELICOPTER GUNSHIPS. IN ONE AREA, SOME 5,000 REFUGEES WERE SENT FLEEING FROM THEIR HOMES BY THE AMERICAN FIRE. MANY WERE STRAFED DOWN, OTHERS WERE CAUGHT IN SMALL CROSS-FIRE, AND STILL OTHERS FELL VICTIM OF ROCKETS AND GRENADES. ANOTHER GROUP OF ABOUT A DOZEN CIVILIANS, MOSTLY CHILDREN, WAS TRAMPLED TO DEATH IN THE REFUGEE STAMPEDE.

    AMERICAN INFANTRYMEN JOINED FORCES WITH SOUTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE CURRENT VIET CONG ATTACK STARTED ON SAIGON. THE VIETNAMESE SOLDIERS MAINLY CONCENTRATED THEIR ATTACKS ON A CLUSTER OF HUTS FLANKING A RIVER IN A BID TO FLUSH OUT THE ENTRENCHED VIET CONG AND NORTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS. IT IS REPORTED THAT THE RIVER PROVIDED THE GUERILLAS ACCESS TO THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE CAPITAL.

    THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE PREMIER, NGUYEN VAN LOC, WORE A PROTECTIVE "FLAK-JACKET" WHEN HE VISITED A BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER. THE BRIDGE LINKS SAIGON WITH THE VITAL AMERICAN BASE AT BIEN HOA. MANY OF THE RIVER-SIDE VILLAGERS CHOSE TO FLEE TO SAFETY, FEARING FURTHER ATTACK BY THE AMERICAN GUNSHIPS, FAST AMERICAN PATROL BOATS TRANSPORTED THEM ACROSS THE RIVER.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADG9I07KBVWIFSFIW819HCOY2O
    Media URN:
    VLVADG9I07KBVWIFSFIW819HCOY2O
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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