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Vietnam: A Television History; US Marines Land in South Vietnam

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395': 3500 US Marines of the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, 7th Fleet, land on the beach. They are here to guard the area around Danang Air Base. Vietnamese soldiers setting down landing mats on beach. Vietnamese and American officers on beach as they await the arrival of the marines. Brigadier General F. J. Kach, CO, 9th US Marine Brigade, talks with Major General Key, CC, Vietnam I Corps area. Schoolgirls carrying floral wreath walking across landing mats. The girls pose in a group. CU, surf rolls up on beach.pan, looking out to sea. A few ships standing on the horizon. Vietnamese soldier standing on beach with rifle. LS, LVTP-5 rolls onto beach; marines running off. LCM comes into shore. LVTP-5s driving on beach, toward and to the right of camera. MSG marines run off LCM and across beach Marines lying against embankment others standing about. Two US Army WACs In South Vietnam.: Saigon, South Vietnam: 03/09/1965: 342': Stationed in Saigon are two WACs serving as advisers the Vietnam Womens' Army Corps. The Americans are Major Kathleen I Wilkes and SFC Betty L. Adams. LS, RV, long column of Vietnamese WACs walking in compound. Ext, small concrete building. Major Wilkes and Sergeant Adams helping Vietnamese WACs issue uniforms to women recruits. Some of the recruits wear native dress. Blouses are held against the girls for possible fit. Int, Sergeant Adams tries a jacket on recruit. Vietnamese woman working at sewing machine. Major Wilkes, Sergeant Adams, Vietnamese WAC Sergeant, and Vietnamese girl walk out of building, and away from camera.

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Vietnam: A Television History

US Marines Land in South Vietnam

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

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Women tailors
Vietnam (Asia) nation
United States. Army. WomenÂ’s Army Corps
Da Nang Harbor (Vietnam)
National liberation movements
Nationalism and communism
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
South Vietnam
War and Conflict
Ellison, Richard (Series Producer)
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Public Domain Rights Holder: NARA

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