During one month of last year the Military Affiliate Radio Stations (MARS) in South Vietnam handled more than 24,000 radio-telephone calls and wire messages for U.
MARS station sign
LS of antenna
Operator at control panel
Man entering telephone booth
Sync sound - placing station to station call to Atlanta, Ga for serviceman
Sync sound - operator explaining procedures of talking on radio-telephone to main in booth
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Background: During one month of last year the Military Affiliate Radio Stations (MARS) in South Vietnam handled more than 24,000 radio-telephone calls and wire messages for U. S. servicemen stationed there.
There were 29 MARS stations in operation in South Vietnam during the month. Eight were operated by the Air Force, twelve by the Army, and nine by the Navy.
In order to make MARS facilities available to more servicemen serving in Vietnam, special efforts are being made to connect communication lines from every U. S. hospital in Vietnam to a nearby MARS facility.
This film shows activity at the MARS station located at Tan Son Nhut Air Base just outside Saigon. In addition to wire traffic, the film has sync scenes of a serviceman talking by radio-telephone with his mother in Atlanta, Georgia.