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American Experience; Nixon; GI's on DMZ patrol, 1971

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Americans on DMZ (Vietnam demilitarized zone) patrol. Singing, smoking, tanks and beer. (C Troop, 3rd Battalion, 5th Division) 1. Keith Boyer of Chattanooga, Tennessee, playing guitar and singing. Two GIs and tank in background, wind blowing. Close shot singing, "It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring...(etc) / Listen to the falling rain. Who cares about the weather, as long as we're together, Listen to the falling rain..." Two GIs firing off weapons. Tank "Villa Rides" coming to camera, and along road. One blond walking ahead of tank along road. (105' sound on film) 2. "Easy Rider" on gun barrel of tank. Pan to valley and hills. Same tank moving to camera. Two tanks on top of hill, guys lying on top, shirts off in sun. Group of GIs sitting around radio, smoking, drinking Pabst beer. Tanks in background. Group includes the guitar player. Close up Keith Boyer inhaling a joint, holding it in. Another GI with flag on hat. Another guy on tank comes over, arm round other, is handed the joint. Slow moving scene. (116' sound on film)

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American Experience
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GI's on DMZ patrol, 1971

Series Description

Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

Program Description

In this three-hour presentation, Richard Nixon's life and political career are reassessed primarily by those who knew him best. The program chronicles his life from boyhood in Yorba Linda, California, through his days as a young Congressman to his presidency where he astounded the nation with his foreign policy initiatives and then left office in disgrace.



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Stock footage

Media Type


United States--History--1945-
Folk songs
United States--Armed Forces
United States--History, Military--20th century
Vietnam Demilitarized Zone (Vietnam)
Vietnam (Democratic Republic)
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Chattanooga (Tenn.)
Vietnam (Republic)
Vietnam Demilitarized Zone (Vietnam)
Publication Information
ABC News VideoSource
Rights Summary

Footage courtesy of ABC News Rights Holder: ABC News VideoSource (http://abcnews.go.com)

Chicago: “American Experience; Nixon; GI's on DMZ patrol, 1971,” 09/10/1971, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed September 23, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DE42787DDD614A889A69610215A4AF46.
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