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    Rangers from 35th Ranger Battalion start of thru high grass - background of distance.

    self-explanatory shots as Rangers continue forward thru high grass - background of rubber plantation in several places.

    Rangers find body of Regional Force trooper killed two days before in ambush - they take his M16 (this not seen as trooper takes it, as everybody stands back in case of booby-trap - shot starts just after he takes it).

    Rangers approach Binh Son (pron. bin sun) village.

    Regional Force commander Lieutenant TRINH (trin) comes out to meet Rangers - talks with a Ranger captain. (Note: Ranger don't enter village at this stage, but deploy in area).

    villagers that remained in Binh Son are seen near their hootches - it;s a rubber plantation village, and small.

    wounded old lady is lifted into motor-taxi (scooter taxi).

    Regional Force reinforcement mingle with villagers - they came by truck (seen going by) after Rangers had secured road.

    wounded Regional Force troops picked up in vicinity of village (from previous ambush) are lifted out of truck.


    SCRIPTING: See Reuters story on Thursday evening ex-Davis.

    Ranger 35th Battalion reached Binh Son village, which had been besieged since Monday, August 7. Three ambushes along the dirt road heading from the district capital of Long Thanh (Long tarn) - 10kms south - took heavy toll of Vietnamese Govt, militiamen on Monday (2 ambushes - 33 reported killed), and Tuesday (42 reported dead in one ambush) as they tried to relieved the village. The village itself was constantly shelled during the time, but no ground attack took place. The Rangers went warily over the same ground, as high grass and rubber plantations set back from the road gaze good protection for any Communist forces. However, all they discovered on this day were bodies of those killed in earlier ambushes ..........some still with their weapons. The equipment of the dead was strewn around. The Regional Force troops came out to meet the relief force, who did not enter the village, but deployed in the area. Within an hour reinforcing militiamen arrived at the village in vehicles, and the wounded villagers and troopers were evacuated.


    NBC have same composite film, as they are using film from previous day (9/8/72) of Rangers sweeping area together with their film in village today.

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