• Short Summary

    THE VIETCONG, IN A FRESH WAVE OF ATTACKS THROUGHOUT SOUTH VIETNAM, TODAY (MONDAY) AGAIN SHELLED SAIGON'S TAN SON NHUT AIRPORT KILLING ONE AMERICAN SOLDIER AND WOUNDING ANOTHER 21.

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    THE VIETCONG, IN A FRESH WAVE OF ATTACKS THROUGHOUT SOUTH VIETNAM, TODAY (MONDAY) AGAIN SHELLED SAIGON'S TAN SON NHUT AIRPORT KILLING ONE AMERICAN SOLDIER AND WOUNDING ANOTHER 21.

    THE ROCKET PENETRATED THE ROOF AND SPRAYED SHRAPHEL OVER THE APPROXIMATELY 150 BY 30 YARD CONCOURSE WHERE THE SOLDIERS WERE WAITING FOR A PLANE HOME AFTER COMPLETING THEIR DUTY TOURS IN VIETNAM.

    THE ROCKET WAS ONE OF 11 WHICH GUERRILLAS FIRED AT THE AIRPORT FROM MIDNIGHT ONWARDS.

    THIS FILM OF SAIGON AIRPORT WAS SHOT YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) WHEN THE VIETCONG RENEWED THEIR ATTACKS ON 37 TOWNS AND MILITARY INSTALLATIONS STRETCHING FROM THE MEKONG DELTA TO SOME 300 MILES NORTH OF SAIGON.

    THE 100 BOMBS AND ROCKETS WHICH HIT THE AIRBASE, KILLED ONE AMERICAN AIRMAN AND WOUNDED ANOTHER 60. SEVERAL BUILDINGS WERE FLATTENED, INCLUDING THE INTER-DENOMINATIONAL CHAPEL, A WOODEN BUILDING CAPABLE OF HOLDING 200 PEOPLE. IT TOOK A DIRECT HIT AND BURNED TO THE GROUND.

    THREE AMERICAN AND ONE SOUTH VIETNAMESE AIRCRAFT WERE DESTROYED.

    THE HEADQUARTERS OF GENERAL WILLIAM WESTMORELAND, THE AMERICAN COMMANDER IN VIETNAM, WAS ALSO HIT.

    ANOTHER FOUR AMERICANS WERE WOUNDED IN THE ATTACK ON THE NEARBY 25 MILLION DOLLAR (10,400,000 STERLING) COMMAND HEADQUARTERS. BUT THE COMPLEX, DUBBED "PENTAGON EAST", WAS REPORTED ONLY SLIGHTLY DAMAGED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEL4U5U5WJCCJP38L0M3QZQRRD
    Media URN:
    VLVAEL4U5U5WJCCJP38L0M3QZQRRD
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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