• Short Summary

    SOUTH VIETNAM'S MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR, BUI VAN LUONG, REVIEWED 126 MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL MILITIA AT THEIR PASSING-OUT CEREMONY IN THE COUNTRY'S SOUTHERN BINH DUONG PROVINCE, APRIL 9.

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    SOUTH VIETNAM'S MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR, BUI VAN LUONG, REVIEWED 126 MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL MILITIA AT THEIR PASSING-OUT CEREMONY IN THE COUNTRY'S SOUTHERN BINH DUONG PROVINCE, APRIL 9. VIETNAMESE CIVIL AND MILITARY REPRESENTATIVES AND UNITED STATES OFFICERS AND ADVISERS WERE ALSO PRESENT.

    THE MINISTER HANDED MODERN AMERICAN - MADE WEAPONS - INCLUDING CARBINES AND MACHINE-GUNS - TO THE MILITIAMEN WHO HAD JUST COMPLETED SIX WEEKS' TRAINING IN ARMED COMBAT AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE TO PROTECT SETTLEMENTS IN THE SOUTH AGAINST ATTACKS BY COMMUNIST VIETCONG REBELS.

    TWO DAYS LATER, ANOTHER TRAINING PROGRAMME WAS UNDER WAY. AMERICAN INSTRUCTORS WERE ON HAND TO TEACH THE NEW RECRUITS HOW TO HANDLE AMERICAN ARMS, AND TO SUPERVISE THEIR FIELD TRAINING. THE MILITIA, AN AUXILIARY FORCE OF THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE ARMY, IS MADE UP ENTIRELY OF VOLUNTEERS FROM THE SOUTHERN VILLAGES WHERE THEY ARE SUBSEQUENTLY DEPLOYED IN LOCAL DEFENCE GROUPS.

    IN A FURTHER MOVE, TO QUELL VIETCONG REBEL ACTIVITIES, 16 HELICOPTERS AND 400 MEN OF THE UNITED STATES MARINES WENT ASHORE FROM AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER SOUTH OF THE MEKONG DELTA, APRIL 15. THEY WERE TO PROCEED TO SACTRANG, 100 MILES SOUTHWEST OF SAIGON, TO ASSIST THE US ARMY 57TH LIGHT HELICOPTER COMPANY IN ANTI-GUERRILLA OPERATIONS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE6286LCZ7J2JQ8HIXQG8B2ZH7
    Media URN:
    VLVAE6286LCZ7J2JQ8HIXQG8B2ZH7
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/04/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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