• Short Summary

    The enemy could be out there in the undergrowth - well concealed but often only yards away.

  • Description

    1.
    MCU of man with machine gun as sampan moves along
    3 ft

    2.
    Shot to stern showing man on machine gun in the stern - jungle on either side of the stream
    5 ft

    3.
    CU Machine gun
    7 ft

    4.
    Interior LS looking out over the bow
    10 1/2 ft

    5.
    MS of armed men on boat then pan at 12 to the jungle
    14 ft

    6.
    MWS of boats on river and pan over scene
    18 ft

    7.
    Tilt shot of choppers
    20 ft

    8.
    MWS of motorised junk towards camera and pan with
    30 ft

    9.
    MCU of Lieut. Connell cleaning gun pistol
    32 ft

    10.
    CU Cleaning revolver
    33 1/2 ft

    11.
    CU Connell
    36 ft

    12.
    Connell hands pistol to crewman who examines it
    39 ft

    13.
    WS of junk moving down the river
    42 ft

    14.
    MS of fishing boat
    45 ft

    15.
    CU flag
    47 ft

    16.
    Crew boards the fishing sampan
    50 ft

    17.
    Top shot of the search
    52 1/2

    18.
    Another shot as the floorboards are lifted etc.
    55 ft

    19.
    CU papers
    57 ft

    20.
    MS with rifle in frame as papers are checked
    61 ft

    22.
    CU of checking papers
    62 1/2 ft

    23.
    M top shot of searching under gear
    65 ft

    24.
    Fisherman wait
    67 ft

    25.
    Pan from CU of cargo on junk along (two junks in frame)
    72 1/2 ft

    26.
    CU man
    73 1/2 ft

    27.
    Vietnamese troops continue search under the net
    75 1/2 ft

    28.
    Tracking shot taken from inside wheelhouse as another fishing sampan is approached.
    78 ft

    29.
    MS of sampan as the patrol craft moves by and away
    83 1/2 ft

    30.
    MS of Connell talking with junk captain
    86 ft

    31.
    CU Captain
    88 1/2 ft

    32.
    CU Connell
    91 1/2 ft

    33.
    MS of crewmen relaxing
    93 1/2 ft

    34.
    Shots from the stern as the sampan moves over the waves
    96 1/2 ft

    35.
    MS another fishing sampan
    99 ft

    36.
    Shots from inside the patrol craft of fishing boats outside
    102 ft

    37.
    MS of fishermen at stern of their sampan - fishing in progress
    105 1/2 ft

    38.
    LS of land with wheelhouse in foreground
    108 ft

    39.
    MS of another fishing sampan to be inspected
    111 ft

    40.
    MS of Viet soldier with automatic weapon
    112 1/2 ft

    41.
    MS of men in fishing sampan offering their papers
    114 ft

    42.
    MLS of the men offering papers in LS of the sampan
    117 ft

    43.
    Top shot of lifting the sampan's floorboards
    119 ft

    44.
    WS of the inspection
    120 1/2 ft

    45.
    Top shot into sampan - man lifts floorboards
    124 ft

    46.
    MCU of Vietnamese
    126 ft

    47.
    MS of reading papers while the sampan crew looks up
    129 ft

    48.
    MWS aboard sampan of inspecting papers
    131 ft

    49.
    MS as the child sells fish to patrol boats crew
    133 ft

    50.
    CU smiling fisherman
    135 1/2 ft

    51.
    CU fish
    138 ft

    52.
    MWS of fishing sampan as patrol boat moves away
    141 ft

    53.
    MS of cleaning the fish
    143 ft

    54.
    CU cleaning the fish
    145 ft

    55.
    CU crewman
    147 ft

    56.
    MS of machine gun firing (this is where lp nearly shot)
    150 ft

    57.
    Ms towards bows of crewman firing
    151 1/2 ft

    58.
    LS as the tracers go into the green of the jungle
    153 1/2 ft

    59.
    MS of crewman firing carbine (jungle seen in LS
    154 1/2 ft

    60.
    MS Connell lining up rocket launcher
    155 1/2 ft

    61.
    LS of rocket burst
    157 1/2 ft

    62.
    MS of man with carbine again
    158 1/2 ft

    63.
    MS of machine gunner from inside cover
    159 1/2 ft

    64.
    MW of another patrol boat past camera
    167 1/2

    65.
    Another patrol boat in from different angle
    176 1/2 ft

    66.
    Top shot of the two boats together
    179 ft

    67.
    Top shot of men walking onto the third
    181 ft

    68.
    Pan over the three boats moored together
    188 1/2 ft



    Initials



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The enemy could be out there in the undergrowth - well concealed but often only yards away. The carbines and machine guns of the junk fleet have to cover the jungle constantly.

    This is South Vietnam, where men of the United States navy go to sea in one of the strangest flotillas of any 20th century maritime force. Vietnam's battles aren't only battles of the air and land.

    The Americans sail as advisers to the junk fleet - scores of motor-driven sampans and converted assault craft - a motley fleet operating out of Vung Tau, about fifty-miles from Saigon. For Lieutenant Robert Connell it's a long haul from New York, and international yacht racing. He's one of America's leading 12-metre sailors.

    Off the coast, the target for the armed sampans is the huge fishing fleet scattered over the sea for twenty-miles to the north of Vung Tau. The men of the Vietnamese navy check every boat they encounter. The fishermen could well be Viet Cong infiltrators or gun-runners.

    The check is thorough - identification must be positive. And the junk crew works under the tension of a ready trigger.

    The searchers step warily. It could be just the day's catch. It might also hide a big cache of arms on its way to the Vietcong.

    Often, though, it's a fruitless search.

    The junk fleet also patrols the streams and canals of the Mekong Delta. While he's on patrol, Lieutenant Connell wears the pyjama-like black cotton dress of the Vietnamese peasant. Last year, as a member of the crew of the Constellation, Lieutenant Connell helped in the successful defence of the America's Cup against the English yacht, Sovereign. He volunteered for service in South Vietnam and has another eight months to serve.

    In fine weather, the patrol of the fishing grounds begins at dawn and goes on until nightfall. An A.B.C. camera crew was on this sweep by Lieutenant Connell's sampan.

    The crews of the junk fleet are prime targets for Viet Cong terrorists. Many of them - travelling by bus on leave have been executed by Viet Cong hold-up gangs in front of the other passengers. The sampan sailors acknowledge the value of this sort of work, but they told an A.B.C. staff reporter that their fondest wish was to meet the Vietcong in hand-to-hand combat.

    Like the fishermen and their families, the men of the junk fleet eat the endless Vietnamese fare of boiled rice and fish. The American advisers share this diet.

    Stretches of the coast north of Vung Tau are so tightly controlled by the Vietcong that the junk fleet has permission to fire at will at any movement. Lieutenant Connell's boat did just that and sparked off a gun battle with a Communist sniper.

    There were no casualties aboard the sampan, although it was hit at least twice. One bullet struck a wooden stanchion a few inches from Lieutenant Connell.

    Next morning, the sampan was joined by others from Vung Tasu. They brought intelligence reports that the previous night several Viet Cong junks had put guerrillas ashore in the patrol area. So, while the sampans stood by a sweep ashore was organised.

    But, like many a search in the Vietnam campaign, the shore patrol failed to produce an encounter with the Vietcong, and the sampan hunt resumed.

    It's a continuing war.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAACSB1W1XRX5UUNG2FDSYG98YC
    Media URN:
    VLVAACSB1W1XRX5UUNG2FDSYG98YC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/10/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:01:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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