Dr. Bernard B. Fall, noted writer and historian of the Vietnam war, and 3rd Marine?
Marines searching village huts
Checking ID papers of Vietnamese
Marines leaving village, coming under enemy fire
Marines firing rifles and machine guns at enemy positions
Mortar crew preparing mortar for firing, checking maps, plotting, etc
Marine firing machine guns and rifles
Marines moving up
(Official U. S. Marione Corps Film Released by Department of Defense)
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Background: Dr. Bernard B. Fall, noted writer and historian of the Vietnam war, and 3rd Marine Division Combat Motion Picture Cameraman Gunnery Sergeant Byron G. Highland were fatally wounded February 21, 1967, while accompanying a Third Marine Division patrol in the northern part of South Vietnam on operation Chinook II. They triggered a Viet Cong booby trap while crossing an open grass field about 14 miles northwest of the northern coastal city of Hue, along a desolate stretch of seacoast known as "The Street Without Joy".
Dr. Fall, a 40-year old professor of international relations at Howard University, Washington, D.C., had chosen the phrase - "The Street Without Joy" - as the title of one of his major books and had dedicated it to "those who died there."
Dr. Fall does not appear in these scenes which are the last motion picture footage shot by Gunnery Sergeant Highland. Here, he photo-graphed members of the patrol as they searched the village of Ap Trung Kuie for Viet Cong and enemy weapons and supplies. Shortly after leaving the village, the patrol come under heavy enemy fire and quickly takes cover and use their rifles, machine guns and mortars to pour a barrage of fire at the enemy positions. Artillery rounds explode in the foreground as the Marines prepare to advance across this open grassy field toward the enemy positions.
While crossing this peaceful looking area, Dr. Fall and Gunnery Sergeant Highland were fatally injured by a Viet Cong mine.