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Vietnam: A Television History; Arrival of the 101st Airborne Division

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LS, USSS General LeRoy Eltinge at dock. MSs, officers and soldiers of the 1st Brigade come down gangway of ship. MS, soldiers board truck. VS, trucks loaded with soldiers drive away from pier. AV, two ships at dock. Ambassador Maxwell D Taylor, General William C Westmoreland, and Vietnamese officer walk across field. They are greeted by Colonel James Timothy, CO, 1st Brigade, and Vietnamese officers. MS, Ambassador Taylor speaks with his son, Captain Thomas Taylor, who arrived with 1st Brigade, 101st Abn Div. Soldiers of the 101st Div in formation. Ambassador Taylor greets officers. LA, 101st Support Bn flag and the American flag flying from staffs. RV, dignitaries salute. Soldiers run across field in formation. MSs, paratroopers put on parachutes. ELS, lone paratrooper jumps from CV-2 Caribou and floats to the ground. LS, paratroopers jump from CV-2 and land in field. Paratroopers gather up their chutes. LS, USSS General LeRoy Eltinge at dock. Officers and soldiers debark from ship and board trucks. Trucks leaving dock area. MP directs trucks to make a turn. American flag is uncovered and unfurled with the 101st Abn flag. CU, color bearers holding staffs. C-123 taxis after landing. Ambassador Taylor, General Westmoreland, and others get off plane. MSs, CUs, Ambassador Taylor greeting and talking with his son, Captain Thomas Taylor. Dignitaries salute during Honor Guard ceremony. MLs, Colonel Timothy speaks to soldiers. MSs, Ambassador speaks. MS, General Westmoreland listening. TV crewmen and newsmen. Soldiers run across field in formation. Ambassador Taylor and General Westmoreland pose with other officers as civilians and military take pictures.

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Vietnam: A Television History

Arrival of the 101st Airborne Division

Series Description

This 13 part series covers the history of Vietnam from France's colonial control, through the 1945 revolution, to the 1975 U.S. evacuation from Saigon and the years beyond. The series' objective approach permits viewers to form their own conclusions about the war. 101--Roots of a War--Despite cordial relations between American intelligence officers and Communist leader Ho Chi Minh in the turbulent closing months of World War II, French and British hostility to the Vietnamese revolution laid the groundwork for a new war. 102--The First Vietnam War (1946-1954)--The French generals expected to defeat Ho's rag-tag Vietminh guerrillas easily, but after eight years of fighting and $2.5 billion in U.S. aid, the French lost a crucial battle at Dienbienphu--and with it, their Asian empire. 103--America's Mandarin (1954-1963)--To stop the spread of communism in Southeast Asia, America replaced France in South Vietnam--supporting autocratic President Ngo Dinyh Diem until his own generals turned against him in a coup that brought political chaos to Saigon. 104--LBJ Goes to War (1964-1965)--With Ho Chi Minh determined to reunite Vietnam, Lyndon Baines Johnson determined to prevent it, and South Vietnam on the verge of collapse, the stage was set for massive escalation of the undeclared Vietnam War. 105--America Takes Charge (1965-1967)--In two years, the Johnson Administration's troop build-up dispatched 1.5 million Americans to Vietnam to fight a war they found baffling, tedious, exciting, deadly and unforgettable. 106--America's Enemy (1954-1967)--The Vietnam War as seen from different perspectives: by Vietcong guerrillas and sympathizers; by North Vietnamese leaders; by rank and file; and by American held prisoner in Hanoi. 107--Tet (1968)--The massive enemy offensive at the Lunar New Year decimated the Vietcong and failed to topple the Saigon government, but led to the beginning of America's military withdrawal. 108--Vietnamizing the War (1968-1973)--President Nixon's program of troop pull-outs, stepped-up bombing and huge arms shipments to Saigon changed the war, and left GI's wondering which of them would be the last to die in Vietnam. 109--Cambodia and Laos--Despite technical neutrality, both of Vietnam's smaller neighbors were drawn into the war, suffered massive bombing, and in the case of Cambodia, endured a post-war holocaust of nightmare proportions. 110--Peace is at Hand (1968-1973)--While American and Vietnamese continued to clash in battle, diplomats in Paris argued about making peace, after more than four years reaching an accord that proved to be a preface to further bloodshed. 111--Homefront USA--Americans at home divide over a distant war, clashing in the streets as demonstrations lead to bloodshed, bitterness and increasing doubts about the outcome. 112--The End of the Tunnel (1973-1975)--Through troubled years of controversy and violence, U.S. casualties mounted, victory remained elusive and American opinion moved from general approval to general dissatisfaction with the Vietnam war. 113--Legacies--Vietnam is in the Soviet orbit, poorer than ever, at war on two fronts; America's legacy includes more than one half million Asian refugees, one half million Vietnam veterans and some questions that won't go away. Series release date: 9/1983

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Stock footage

Media Type


Parachute troops
Vietnam (Asia) nation
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Nationalism and communism
National liberation movements
Honor guards
Westmoreland, William C. (William Childs), 1914-2005
Taylor, Maxwell D. (Maxwell Davenport), 1901-1987
War and Conflict
Ellison, Richard (Series Producer)
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Public Domain Rights Holder: NARA

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