The enemy could be out there in the undergrowth - well concealed but often only yards away.
MCU of man with machine gun as sampan moves along
Shot to stern showing man on machine gun in the stern - jungle on either side of the stream
CU Machine gun
Interior LS looking out over the bow
10 1/2 ft
MS of armed men on boat then pan at 12 to the jungle
MWS of boats on river and pan over scene
Tilt shot of choppers
MWS of motorised junk towards camera and pan with
MCU of Lieut. Connell cleaning gun pistol
CU Cleaning revolver
33 1/2 ft
Connell hands pistol to crewman who examines it
WS of junk moving down the river
MS of fishing boat
Crew boards the fishing sampan
Top shot of the search
Another shot as the floorboards are lifted etc.
MS with rifle in frame as papers are checked
CU of checking papers
62 1/2 ft
M top shot of searching under gear
Pan from CU of cargo on junk along (two junks in frame)
72 1/2 ft
73 1/2 ft
Vietnamese troops continue search under the net
75 1/2 ft
Tracking shot taken from inside wheelhouse as another fishing sampan is approached.
MS of sampan as the patrol craft moves by and away
83 1/2 ft
MS of Connell talking with junk captain
88 1/2 ft
91 1/2 ft
MS of crewmen relaxing
93 1/2 ft
Shots from the stern as the sampan moves over the waves
96 1/2 ft
MS another fishing sampan
Shots from inside the patrol craft of fishing boats outside
MS of fishermen at stern of their sampan - fishing in progress
105 1/2 ft
LS of land with wheelhouse in foreground
MS of another fishing sampan to be inspected
MS of Viet soldier with automatic weapon
112 1/2 ft
MS of men in fishing sampan offering their papers
MLS of the men offering papers in LS of the sampan
Top shot of lifting the sampan's floorboards
WS of the inspection
120 1/2 ft
Top shot into sampan - man lifts floorboards
MCU of Vietnamese
MS of reading papers while the sampan crew looks up
MWS aboard sampan of inspecting papers
MS as the child sells fish to patrol boats crew
CU smiling fisherman
135 1/2 ft
MWS of fishing sampan as patrol boat moves away
MS of cleaning the fish
CU cleaning the fish
MS of machine gun firing (this is where lp nearly shot)
Ms towards bows of crewman firing
151 1/2 ft
LS as the tracers go into the green of the jungle
153 1/2 ft
MS of crewman firing carbine (jungle seen in LS
154 1/2 ft
MS Connell lining up rocket launcher
155 1/2 ft
LS of rocket burst
157 1/2 ft
MS of man with carbine again
158 1/2 ft
MS of machine gunner from inside cover
159 1/2 ft
MW of another patrol boat past camera
Another patrol boat in from different angle
176 1/2 ft
Top shot of the two boats together
Top shot of men walking onto the third
Pan over the three boats moored together
188 1/2 ft
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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.