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Vietnam: A Television History; Simulated Tonkin Gulf Incident

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CU Pan left, showing A-1H catapulted from *1 catapult.G2) LS pan; four A-1H"s in formation, flying low, off to one side of Ticonderoga. G3) LS Two F-8E"s making approach on Ticonderoga, and firing rockets as they fly by, then banking off to left. VG4) MS ordnance-man loading Zuni rockets in tube launcher on F-8E, on *1 catapult. VG5) MS Three ordnance-men loading Zuni rockets into launch tubes attached to starboard side of F-8E. VG6) LA MCU ordnance-men sitting up on side of aircraft. G7) CU Plane captain cleaning windshield of his F-8E. G8) CU ordnance-man loading Zuni rocket into launch tube. SV VG.9) MS Man pushing 7A rocket pod down flight deck toward A-1H aircraft. G10) MS Man pulling nose cone off 7A rocket pod; A-4E also seen. G11) CU Four men lifting 7A rocket pod and connecting it to bomb rack under A-4E. VG12) CU Man connecting pod to rack under wing of A-4E. SV VG13) MS Group of men lifting 7A pod to center rack of A-4E. SV VG14) MCU Men testing ejector foot for ejecting 7A pod. VG15) CU RF-8A parked on edge of flight deck. G16) CU Name, "USS Ticonderoga, Navy VFP-65", painted on side of aircraft. VG17) CU Markings on side of 7A pod.18) CU F-8E"s spotted in formation on flight deck of CVA-14; plane captains are seen working on aircraft up around cockpit area, cleaning windshields. G19) MS A-4E; men working under starboard wing with 7A pod.G20) MS Three pilots involved in strike on North Viet Nam, walking over flight deck and out of scene to left. G21) MS CDR. D.C. URBAN climbing into cockpit of his A-4E; plane captain climbing up after him to assist. G22) LA CU Commander Urban putting his helmet on, and closing cockpit of his A-4E. VG23) LA CU LTJG D.C. Anderson closing cockpit on his A-4E. VG24) LA CU Pilot in cockpit of his A-4E, adjusting his helmet, and giving thumbs up; he then closes cockpit. G25) CU Nose wheel of aircraft being directed onto catapult. G26) MS Plane director directing plane onto catapult. G27) CU A-4E on catapult; pilot closing canopy. G28) CU Aircraft on catapult. G29) CU Plane director directing plane onto catapult. G30) CU F-8E on catapult, ready for launch.31) MS Men testing cables under F-8E. G32) MS Catapult crew attaching cables under F-8E.33) MCU Green shirt standing on deck with his right arm raised. G34) CU Looking up to side of an A-1H taxiing. G35) HA MS A-4E being catapulted from deck of Ticonderoga. G36) HA MLS F-8E being catapulted from deck of Ticonderoga. G37) HA MS F-8E being catapulted from *2 catapult. VG38) HA MS A-4E being catapulted. G39) HA MCU F-8E being catapulted; pan right, showing plane airborne with after burners on. G40) HA CU A-4E being catapulted from *1 catapult. VG41) HA MCU F-8E on *2 catapult; PAN right, showing plane being catapulted, with after burners on.42) HA MS PAN right, showing RF-8A being catapulted and airborne.

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Vietnam: A Television History

Simulated Tonkin Gulf Incident

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


Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Department of Defense. Department of the Navy. Turner Joy (Destroyer). (08/03/1959 - 11/22/1982)
Department of Defense. Department of the Navy. Constellation (Aircraft carrier). (10/27/1961 - 08/06/2003)
Catapults (Aeronautics)
Tonkin, Gulf of (Asia) gulf
Naval officers
National liberation movements
Department of the Navy. Ticonderoga (Aircraft carrier). (05/08/1944 - 01/09/1947)
MK-32 (Rocket)
Signs and signboards
Air pilots
Aircraft carriers
Department of Defense. Department of the Navy. Maddox (Destroyer). (09/1947 - 1969)
Rockets (Ordnance)
Nationalism and communism
Gulf of Tonkin, Asia
War and Conflict
Ellison, Richard (Series Producer)
Publication Information
Rights Summary

Public Domain Rights Holder: NARA

Chicago: “Vietnam: A Television History; Simulated Tonkin Gulf Incident,” 08/01/1964, GBH Archives, accessed December 7, 2021,
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