In Cambodia, South Vietnamese and Vietcong Forces have been locked in vicious fighting around the strategic town of Prey Veng, 30 miles cast of Phnom Penh.
Helicopters carrying marines in air
Helicopter over paddyfields
Marines out of helicopter to begin patrol
Villagers lying on open ground (two shots)
Man has wound bandaged
Woman with baby
Arm wound bandaged by marine medic
Body carried away
Marine officer on radio-phone
Plane makes bombing run
Bomb explosion behind trees
Soldiers crouching in bushes
Marine fires machine-gun
Wrecked village hut
Woman crouching from sniper in village
Soldiers enter village (two shots)
Body carried to helicopter (two shots)
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Background: In Cambodia, South Vietnamese and Vietcong Forces have been locked in vicious fighting around the strategic town of Prey Veng, 30 miles cast of Phnom Penh.
South Vietnamese marines, who have been active in Cambodia since the offensive began early last month, were flown in by helicopter to reinforce troops fighting near Prey Veng.
They were landed about eight miles east of the provincial capital and began a sweep on foot. They encountered a group of Cambodian villagers who had fled their homes when they got caught in the crossfire between the South Vietnamese and the Communists.
The injured had their wounds attended to while the dead were taken away for burial. Soon afterwards the marines came under fire from the distant treeline.
The air force was called in to pound the suspected Communist positions as the marines opened up with fire of their own. Later the marines entered the nearby village of Chamka Kuoy to find terrified villagers who had stayed behind from the spasmodic shipping. There were more casualties who were evacuated by helicopter.