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American Experience; Nixon; I'm Coming Home, 1969 [Part 1 of 2]

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9th Infantry Division: "I'm Coming Home" 1. GI with duffel bag, walking along road with dog. (8' silent) 2. Group of GIs singing "Home, I'm Coming Home..." Zoom in to individual faces (33' SOF) 3. CS of group singing, 2nd verse "The girl I left behind has been waiting patiently..." Guns clapping as black GI dances with toothless Vietnamese woman. More man and dog. (67' SOF) 4. Line of GIs seated on boats edge, as it pulls out, waving. MS, boat out. (16' some silent, some SOF) 5. Cutaways, CUs men's faces. WS over musicians' shoulders. Man with dog. CS boots tapping. (Silent) Group singing first verse again. CS faces, pan, singing (SOF). Black guy dancing, Vietnamese women laughing (Silent) Faces of GIs listening to group sing (SOF, 100') More, closer shots, laughing Vietnamese women. 6. CS body bag, pan. A/G shot from helicopter (Silent) MCS bass player and GI conducting group (SOF, 20') 7. More jive session and laughing Vietnamese women (SOF, 24') 8. Soldier with duffel bag, dog and gun walking on dirt road on base (32' Silent) 9. Harbor, group waiting on dock and walking to boat. Climbing on, with suitcases. Boat pulls out. (36', starts silent, then SOF) 10. Loading body bag onto helicopter (16', Silent) Commentary says this group is made up of guys taken from all over. 9th Division, everyone who had nearly completed their duty. No single battalion, etc.

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American Experience
Program Number



I'm Coming Home, 1969 [Part 1 of 2]

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


Military bases, American
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
United States--Armed Forces
South Vietnam
Publication Information
ABC News VideoSource
Rights Summary

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