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Hidden War in Vietnam

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "From remote and hazardous locales in South Vietnam comes this documentary report on what the United States Army, Air Force, and Navy are doing to contain the spread of Communism. Camera crews on location in South Vietnam show the military operations of our Special Forces units--how they live--how they operate--and what they are doing to help the Vietnamese."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1962
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Pentagon Report

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "'Pentagon Report' gives the ABCs of a year of crisis in Asia, Berlin, and Cuba. It tells how our Armed Forces meet every challenge and how Communism's guerrilla wars are being combated by counterinsurgency - a major development of the year. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara personally reports on progress in carrying out the President's program for defense of the free world and the President himself pays tribute to all who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps in his 1963 Message to Congress."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1962
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The U.S. Army Unit Advisor in Vietnam

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "What happens when an American soldier is assigned as a Military Advisor in Vietnam? This week' s episode follows a United States Army Officer through his entire tour of duty on this vital and dangerous mission in defense of the free world."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1963
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Action Vietnam

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "This film begins with a scene from December 1964 in which President Lyndon Johnson awarded Captain Roger Donlon the Medal of Honor for his heroism in Vietnam. The documentary then goes on to describe the difficulties of fighting in Vietnam; how it was a "twilight war fought in shadow and stealth."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1964; 1975
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Why Vietnam

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "This film documents the buildup to the Vietnam War, from the withdrawal of French troops to the bombings of the U.S. Embassy and the intense fighting our troops engaged in to combat Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Cong. The footage features President Lyndon Johnson, Secretary of State Dean Rusk and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1964; 1975
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Your Army Reports: No. 2.

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975. "This film highlights the following topics: the Lance missile, Alaskan mountaineer training, Republic of Korea (ROK) and Australian troops in Vietnam, and sentry dogs. Other subjects covered by the report are helicopter rescue, and combat and river patrols in Vietnam."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1950; 1975
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The New First Team

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "Chronicles the history of the First Cavalry Division--in World War II and Korea. Subsequent scenes chronicle the need, and eventual development, of a different kind of fighting force--the First Cavalry Division, Airmobile. This airmobile division provided four times the airlift of an infantry division, and had the ability to put one third of its 16,000 fighting men into the air at a time, with their equipment."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1965; 1975
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The Unique War (Vietnam War)

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "This film examines how the Vietnam War differed from previous wars in which the United States engaged. Scenes explore how a conflict with no conventional battle line (a guerrilla war) had its unique difficulties, and how our mission in Vietnam was to win "the hearts and minds" of the Vietnamese people."--National Archives and Records Administration."
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1955; 1975
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Not for Conquest

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "A Department of Defense (DoD) progress report on the goals and military posture of the U.S. Armed Forces. Secretary Robert S. McNamara reports on the Vietnam War buildup, DoD savings in defense expenditures in 1965, and increases in military effectiveness."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1965; 1975
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Lifeline

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"Describes the fulfillment of the logistical needs of the U.S. Army soldier in Vietnam and throughout the world. Scenes illustrate the "what, when, and where" of how these essentials got to the fighting men."--Catalog of The Big Picture, the U.S. Army's television series, 1950-1975.
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1950; 1975
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Your Army Reports: No. 5.

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975. "Several different stories relating to Army activities: The Medal of Honor award, drill team competitions, and the departure of U.S. soldiers from the Dominican Republic. Also included in the film are features on Queen Elizabeth's birthday ceremonies, and activities in Thailand and Vietnam."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1950; 1975
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Your Army Reports: No. 6.

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975. "This film reports covers five feature stories: The annual ceremony in Ettelbruck, Luxembourg, honoring the memory of General George S. Patton, Jr.; the swearing-in ceremony of William O. Wooldridge, the first man to be sworn into the newly created position of Sergeant-Major; and President Lyndon Johnson and his family's visit with U.S. troops in Vietnam. Also covered in the film are features on training for the jungle soldier, and Army activities in Vietnam."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1950; 1975
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A Nation Builds Under Fire (Host Narrator John Wayne)

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"Introduced by Hubert Humphrey, with John Wayne then explaining how the people of the Republic of Vietnam attempt to build a nation amidst the holocaust of war. Parallels are drawn with our own Revolutionary War, and the years that followed in which our founding fathers built the substance and structure of a nation."--Catalog of The Big Picture, the U.S. Army's television series, 1950-1975.
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1950; 1975
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Your Army Reports: No. 7.

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975. "Contains the following stories: The activities of the Medical Unit Self-Contained Transportable (MUST), the creation of the M-118 demolition charge (FLEX-X), and an international sport competition in Germany. The report also includes features on an unusual floating workshop equipped for a wide variety of aircraft overhaul operations, and the mission of Operation Good Friend."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1950; 1975
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Your Army Reports: No. 8.

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975. "The U.S. Army First Air Cavalry in combat, Vietnamese Rangers supported by the U.S. Army's 13th Aviation Battalion, and aviation support activities. Also included in the film are stories on the Vietnamese Women's Army Corps (WAC) training, and the artillery fire mission of the 173rd Airborne Brigade."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1950; 1975
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Your Army Reports: No. 9.

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975. "This film report documents U.S. Army civic action in Ecuador and Bolivia, a Military Assistance Group in Taiwan, and long range patrol in Germany. Also included in the report are stories concerning activities in Vietnam: An infantry squad on patrol, soldiers learning the art of ambush, and the use of a patrol air cushion vehicle."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1950; 1975
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Stay Alert, Stay Alive

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975. "This film portrays the strenuous six-day, eighty-hour training period which the replacement soldier received in Vietnam. This training was designed to supplement the soldier's stateside training with more specific training that reflected the climate and terrain conditions in which he eventually fought."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1950; 1975
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Shotgun Rider

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975. "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."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1950; 1975
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Your Army Reports: No. 10

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975. "Reports on a Scatter Communications site in Germany, food irradiation in Massachusetts, and "tunnel rats" in Vietnam. Also included are features on the Institute of Heraldry in Virginia, U.S. Army engineers in Thailand, and the Freedom Foundations Award in Valley Forge."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1950; 1975
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The Big Red One in Vietnam

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; This film is a combat history of the First Infantry Division in South Vietnam. In addition to chronicling its battle actions since its arrival in Vietnam in July, 1965 until its largest campaign, Operation Junction City, in March, 1967, the film also depicts the severe combat conditions encountered by the troops, and the esprit de corps of the fighting men of the First Infantry Division.
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1966; 1975