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American Experience; Nixon; Troops and gunboats, 1969.

Part of The Vietnam Collection.


9th Division, troops and gunboats. Mobile Rivereen Force in Mekong Delta. _-_ 1) Troops walking to and boarding boats (silent). Navy boats along river. Aerial view of boats. Boats with guns firing. Fires ashore, huts, sound on film growth. Helicopter overhead. Troops ashore in jungle growth. (43', story mostly mute, some sound on film). _-_ 2) Boats on river. Camera movement, smoke and fires on shore with sounds of explosions. Moving shots past trees on shore. Burning hut and smoke from explosions. Boat pilot in helmet, close shot. (53', sound on film). _-_ 3) Men preparing to go out on mission, getting gear, ammo belts. Sign with emblems: "Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division." Filing out gates, boarding trucks. Nurses chatting to men on trucks. (78' silent) _-_ 4) Men walking to boat, rear view. Vietnamese ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) soldier swinging in hammock, watching. (10' silent). _-_ 5) Boats moving on river, to camera. Close shot of helmet "Pontiac, Michigan" on GI. Men ashore. Close shot pilot and helicopter overhead. (30' silent)

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American Experience
Program Number



Troops and gunboats, 1969.

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.



Asset Type

Stock footage

Media Type


Boats and boating
United States. Navy
United States--Armed Forces
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Mekong River Delta (Vietnam and Cambodia)
Vietnam (Republic)
United States. Mobile Riverine Force
Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Publication Information
ABC News VideoSource
Rights Summary

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