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Unique War (1966)

First Air Cavalry Division: Airmobile - The Big Picture


Vietnam Air Rescue (There is sound)

A Vietnam air rescue with sound color and alot of firepower

Flying my AC-47 Gunship In Viet Nam


Tank Battle Vietnam - Ben Het 1969
MAJ Mike Linnane, USA (Ret) Special Forces, Team A-244 describes 1969 Ben Het battle.


Berg Vietnam helicopter door gunner

Interview with Vietnam veteran - Helicopter door gunner


Vietnam War Helicopter Door Gunners: "Shotgun Rider" circa 1967 US Army UH

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"This film is about the helicopter door gunner, nick"This film is about the helicopter door gunner, nicknamed 'Shotgun Rider.' He was a new addition to the helicopter crew, and the film shows him as he performed some of his various duties in Vietnam, after a rigorous training program."

Public domain film from the National Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and 1-pass exposure & color correction applied (cannot be ideal in all scenes).
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).

A door gunner is a crewman tasked with firing and maintaining manually directed armament aboard a helicopter. The actual role will vary depending on the task given on a particular mission...

The role of "Door Gunner" originated during the Vietnam War, when helicopters were first used in combat in large numbers. The original personnel who served as early Door Gunners aboard CH-21, UH-34, and UH-1 helicopters in Vietnam, were enlisted men, with a designated and specially trained 'Crew Chief' serving as both the aircraft's maintenance manager and a Door Gunner. And normally, a second enlisted Soldier served as a second Door Gunner (such as on a UH-1, and UH-34, which both used two gunners (one on each side of the aircraft)). Later, as the War progressed, the Door Gunner position sometimes used a non-aviation rated/trained Soldier or Marine, that volunteered for Door Gunner duties.

For the majority of the Vietnam War, the principal weapon of the Door Gunner in Vietnam was a Medium Machine Gun (MG), initially, a M-1919A4 .30 Caliber MG, and soon thereafter, the M-60 7.62mm MG became the standard helicopter door armament system. However, when a helicopter was not armed or outfitted with a dedicated MG for door armament, the Door Gunner was forced to use a rifle, or a carbine, as a defensive weapon. (Thus, some Door Gunners in Vietnam are sometimes seen using an M1 Carbine, an M14 rifle, or an M16 rifle, as their only weapon.) (In the very first U.S. Army helicopter units (flying CH-21 helicopters) that began flying combat missions in Vietnam in 1962, some helicopters were not armed with a door MG, and the Door Gunners thus carried an M1 Carbine, or an M14 rifle, as the sole door weapon.)

Initially, the Door Gunner's MG weapons were mounted on swiveling mounts (on a pintle mount) in order to retain and steady the door armament weapon, which was usually an M60 machine gun. As the War progressed, using bungee cords to suspend/retain the MG weapons became a common practice for Door Gunners, as the newfound maneuverability of these 'bungeed' MG weapons allowed for increased angles to shoot from. Further, some Door Gunners simply did not use any retention device with their MG weapons (such as a pintle mount, or a bungee cord), and instead, they simply hand-held the weapon for a maximum level of maneuverability of fire. This practice was commonly termed as using a "Free 60", referring to the directional freedom of an unrestrained M-60 MG.

Door Gunners were normally restrained for safety within the aircraft, by either using a standard seat lap belt, or if the Gunner wanted freedom of movement within the aircraft while still being retained, he used a "Monkey Harness", which was a GI safety harness worn on the torso, and anchored to the aircraft floor, or cabin wall. The "Monkey Harness" allowed a Door Gunner great movement, while preventing them from from falling out of the helicopter completely, i.e. if they leaned outward on the helicopter skids, to get a better firing angle.

The Door Gunner position was not a particularly popular one, due to the inherent vulnerability of manning a machine gun in the open door of a helicopter. According to popular legend, the door gunner on a Vietnam era Huey gun ship had a life-span of 5 minutes. This was obviously exaggerated but displays the hazards of this particular military job at the time. Today, helicopters like the UH-60 have two machine guns firing out of two windows located behind the pilots. The CH-46, CH-47 and CH-53 have an additional gun that is fired from the rear ramp. The UH-1 (still in use by the U.S. Marine Corps) is still manned as it was in the Vietnam War, actually firing from an open cabin door...

The Bell UH-1 Iroquois is a military helicopter powered by a single, turboshaft engine, with a two-bladed main rotor and tail rotor. The helicopter... first flew on 20 October 1956. Ordered into production in March 1960... more than 16,000 have been produced worldwide.

The first combat operation of the UH-1 was in the service of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. The original designation of HU-1 led to the helicopter's nickname of Huey...named 'Shotgun



Ia Drang Valley, Republic of South Vietnam, 1965.


Green Beret SOG CCN August 23, 1968


Vietnam War US Army Videos

Vietnam War - The Mosin Nagant Rifle

The Mosin Nagant Rifle in hands of the Vietnamese People's Army / Vietcong and the Local Forces at the time of the Vietnam War.
Súng trường Mosin Nagant (được gọi là súng K44 ở Việt Nam) là loại súng trường không tự động từng được sử dụng bởi quân đội Đế quốc Nga từ năm 1891, quân đội Liên Xô và các nước Đông Âu cho đến tận những năm 1960 và hiện vẫn được Quân đội Nhân dân Việt Nam sử dụng. Súng dùng đạn cỡ 7,62 x 54mmR.
Loại súng này được đưa vào sử dụng tại Việt Nam từ giữa những năm 1950 và sử dụng rộng răi trong Chiến tranh Việt Nam. Nhân dân miền Nam thường gọi là súng bá đỏ, quân đội gọi là súng K44.

Nhac/Music: Hat Mai Khuc Quan Hanh 


VIETNAM - Battle of Ia Drang REAL battle that inspired the movie We Were Soldiers
VIETNAM - Battle of Ia Drang REAL battle that inspired the movie We Were Soldiers


Story of the 4th Infantry in Viet Nam.


Combat in Vietnam - Jan-Feb 1966 - Battleground Series

Highlights combat and other activity in Vietnam from January to February 1966, including the 1st Infantry Division, 25th Infantry Division and the conference at Honolulu. Historical footage and viewpoint.


Death from Above: An Khe Army Airfield, 1st Air Cav, FAC and other stories (Vietnam)


The UH-1 Huey in Vietnam
montage from Apocalypse now. the song is Rooster by Alice in Chains

"Soc Trang Tigers" Huey Gunships in Vietnam (1968)

Huey helicopters in the Vietnam War with music from the era

A compilation of operational footage of the UH-1 Huey helicopter during the Vietnam War set to music from the era. Also includes authentic operational radio 'chatter' from the iconic helicopter. Dedicated to those who flew and died during the war.

Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones - Vietnam

 Paint it Black - Vietnam War

The hell of vietnam

Vietnam War-House of the Rising Sun

Vietnam Tribute - All Along The Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix)

Vietnam war music video door gunner

 The Anderson Platoon (Vietnam War) part 1/4

French documentarian Pierre Schoendorffer served as a combat soldier in Vietnam in the 1950s during France's quagmire. In the fall of 1966, he returned with a cameraman and spent six weeks with an American infantry platoon. This film, which won a 1968 Best Foreign Documentary Oscar, is stark and riveting. Commanded by a West Point graduate, Lieutenant Joseph Anderson, the 33-man platoon Schoendorffer traveled with was a cross-section of America. Perhaps as the film was shot relatively early in the war, the soldiers still seem motivated and even naive, though it seems to be dawning on everyone that their task may well be hopeless. Exhausting patrols to hunt the Viet Cong turn up nothing but deserted camps, and at one point when the platoon is taking heavy gunfire, you can hear an American yelling that he can't tell where the shooting is coming from. Schoendorffer refrains from making any political statements and offers only the most minimal narration to the black-and-white footage, none of which appears to have been staged for the camera. When the body of a young soldier killed in an ambush is loaded aboard a helicopter, the pain of the scene is palpable. At one point the platoon is shown getting a detailed briefing on a mission, only to have the plans abruptly change and the helicopters drop them into a battle where they have virtually no idea what their role is supposed to be. The Anderson Platoon doesn't tell you, it shows you, and this remarkable film resonates deeply. --Robert J. McNamara


The Anderson Platoon (Vietnam War) part 2/4


The Anderson Platoon (Vietnam War) part 3/4


The Anderson Platoon (Vietnam War) part 4/4


Vietnam War Stories premiered November 2011.
Check Local Listings to see when it's airing on your local PBS station.

"You have put together a very powerful, honest, gut-wrenching portrayal of the Vietnam veteran
and let us tell it in our own words.
" — Howard Sherpe, Vietnam veteran

Telling emotional stories that haven’t been heard before, Vietnam War veterans recount their experiences in this one-hour television documentary. Vietnam War Stories presents a portrait of the war told entirely from the perspective of veterans, who reflect on their memories of the conflict from five decades ago. For many service members, these experiences still feel like they happened yesterday.

Members of the U.S. Army's 23rd Division

Tom Schober

Members of the U.S. Army's 23rd Division share a moment of camaraderie in the field in 1969.

More than 100 veterans from all branches of the U.S. armed services were interviewed by producer Mik Derks for the program. They share moving stories of triumph and loss in the field of duty, of sacrificing nearly everything on the battlefield, and of the strong bond of brotherhood and companionship in the ranks. Archival video, historical photography and maps evoke the stark imagery of the war alongside the veterans’ stories.

This is not the story of the Vietnam War, but of the men and women who went to Southeast Asia to serve their country. In the voices of a few resonate the stories — each unique, each profound — of the three million who served, the ones who didn’t return and those who passed away before their stories could be told.