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    The NVA sampan was cap???ized by the navy's PBR quito by account ??? the sampan?

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    June 6

    Roll 1: Rach Gia: bridge building and people walking across old, destroyed bridge

    Roll 2: Rach Gia: bridge building; loading rock onto trucks from barges from upriver

    Roll 3: Rach Gia: fish market

    Roll 4: Rach Gia: fishing boats; girls repairing nets

    Roll 5: Rach Gia: traffic backed up at new bridge while its being crossing new bridge built; first traffic

    June 7

    Roll 1: Kien Luong: destroyed homes and people rebuilding; cement plant

    Roll 2: Kien Luong: destroyed homes and people rebuilding; soldiers in marketplace; serial

    Roll 3: Aerials: Blown bridge in Rach Gia (same bridge as on June 6), near Rach Gia naval headquarters; canals and paddies in Kien Binh district; Kien Binh bridges and sampans in rivers and canals; artillery bursts in Kien Binh district; Kien Binh bridges and sampans

    June 8

    Roll 1: PER patrolling on Cai Long River; civilian sampans pass; arrive at convoy at BF outpost in Chuong Thien Province

    Roll 2: Outpost in Chuong Thien; troops and civilians in and out of boats

    Roll 3: Outpost in Chuong Thien: soldiers unloading boats in rain and after rain

    Roll 4: PER's returning from Chuong Thien on Cai Lon River; checking women in sampan; NVA troops in water after their sampan has been capsized by PER

    Roll 5: NVA in water and on board PBR; boats firing into reeds where other NVA have disappeared Civilians search for sampan of NVA and pull it to PBR at PBR capt. request

    Roll 6: PBR crew lashing NVA sampan alongside PER, check prisoner's belonging, incl. photos, interrogate prisoner, lead him from PBR to jeep, from jeep to n???al HQ at Rach Gia: GV of naval HG, Rach Gia


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    Background: The NVA sampan was cap???ized by the navy's PBR quito by account ??? the sampan blundered alongside PBR going down river at high speed as sampan ??? into the river form a canal. The PBR crew delayed firing on NVA in water even though s??? held AK's overhead because the PBR captain couldn't decide if they were NVA or RF. Finally he ordered the crew to open fire, as the NVA swam back into the reeds along the bank. One man signalled surrender, possibly to cover for the others, who continued to swim out of sight as the PBR crew held fire. The PBR captains of the two PBR (which travel in pairs in dangerous waters) continued to fire 50 calibre machine gu??? 60 ??? M-79 grenade launchers, and small arms into the reeds, ho??? kill or wound the other NVA. The prisoner turned out to be (this after interrogation back at naval HQ) a political cadre who was taking new political lessons, about American imperialism, Saigon puppets, etc., to his boss at one of NVA regiments in Chuong Thien. He was apparently the leader of the six men in the sampan, had a wife in North Vietnam, she shown in one of the pictures in his wallet.

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