The interview suddenly ended and the camera went spinning when everyone dived for a bunker to get away from falling North Vietnamese mortar shells.
CAMERA ROLLING ON ITS SIDE GUYS RUNNING FOR THEIR BUNKERS (ON SILENT ROLL)
CASUALTIES ON STRETCHERS BEING UNLOADED FROM AIRPLANES AND CARRIED AWAY
COLONEL LOWNDS WALKS OUT OF HIS BUNKER, PASSES THROUGH SAND BAG FORTIFICATIONS AND GREETS REPORTS SUPER: "KHE SANH"
VARIOUS SHOTS OF THE MARINES IN KHE SANH GOING ABOUT THEIR VARIOUS JOBS LEADING INTO SOUND ON FILM INTERVIEW WITH MARINES
SOUND ON FILM: COLONEL LOWNDS INTERVIEW
(SUGGESTED AS BEST PARTS ARE HIS REMARKS ABOUT HIS MEN'S SHALLOW BUNKERS AND HIS HOPE THAT "THEY GET A FOOT DEEPER EVERY DAY" AND HIS EXPLANATION OF WHY HE CONSIDERS KHE SANH TO BE DIFFERENT FROM DIEN BIEN PHU) SUPER: "Col. David Lownds, Khe Sanh Commander"
SOUND ON FILM: BUNCH OF MARINES SITTING ON TOP OF BUNKER HAVING A BULL SESSION ABOUT HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT BEING IN KHE SANH ESPECIALLY GOOD IS THE DARK NEGRO BOY BEHIND ME WHO SAYS HE IS SCARED AND HIS LIP TREMBLES BADLY. ALSO, YOU MIGHT WANT TO WATCH FOR ONE PLACE WHERE ONE MARINE SAYS "WE ARE GOING TO WIN BECAUSE WE ARE MARINES" AND ALL THE OTHERS START YELLING "YEAH," "YOU'RE NOT KIDDING,"YOU SAY IT BABY," ETC. JUST AFTER I HAVE ASKED MY LAST QUESTION, BEFORE THE GUY ANSWERS, YOU WILL SEE EVERYBODY JUMP UP AND RUN AND THE CAMERA FALLS OVER AND KEEPS RUNNING. THIS WAS BECAUSE EVERYBODY HAD TO JUMP INTO BUNKERS TO GET AWAY FROM MORTAR SHELLS COMING IN. IF YOU WANT TO
Filmed Jan 28, 1968, Khe Sanh S. Vietnam
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Background: The interview suddenly ended and the camera went spinning when everyone dived for a bunker to get away from falling North Vietnamese mortar shells.
Every day more dead and wounded Marines were flown out of Khe Sanh. If North Vietnam hurls its thousands of troops against Khe Sanh, as expected, a terrible battle will be joined and there will be many more such cargoes. The Marines think they will win...another Iwo Jima or Pork Chop Hill. The North Vietnamese think they will win...another Dien Bien Phu. Whatever result is written into history...it will be written in blood. Ron Nessen, Nbc News, at eh Khe Sanh Marine Base.
The commander of the 26th Marine regiment...the 5,000 men defending Khe Sanh...is Colonel David Lownds...a tough, 47-year-old veteran officer from Plantation, Florida, who sports a waxed mustache. Over the background noise of artillery and jet planes attacking the North Vietnamese surround his position...Colonel Lownds talked to newsmen:
Colonel Lownds troops used simpler and expressed more personal feelings about the fighting and dying they must do. But seemingly to a man they share their commanders confidence that they will win the battle.