Operation Big Spring (1967)
OPERATION BIG SPRING (2D BATTALION, 503D INFANTRY, 173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE) 14 MILES NORTH OF BIEN HOA, SOUTH VIETNAM, 02/04/1967 - 02/06/1967 - Soldiers resting in jungle. Radio operator and officer check map. VS, soldiers advance thru dense jungle. They suddenly run for cover as they come under attack from the Vietcong. VS, soldiers fire M-16 rifles, an M-60 MG and an M-79 grenade launcher in jungle. The sun streaks thru the foliage. (Good action scenes.) Soldiers on alert in jungle and as they cross clearing. LS, soldier fires MG. Soldiers rush across clearing. Soldier speaks over radio. Soldiers walking thru tall grass, bamboo, and dense brush. Soldiers walk to helicopter landing zone. Soldiers resting as they wait for copters to arrive. Smoke from signal grenade. UH-1Ds come in for landing in clearing. UH-1Ds take off. soldier directs UH-1Ds to landing. Soldiers board the UH-1Ds. Shot from UH-1D as it takes off. AV, UH-1D in flight. Silhouette of soldier holding a rifle in foreground. Pilot at controls of airborne UH-1D. Soldiers rush off UH-1Ds. Smoke rising in background. Soldiers advance across field of smoking grass. Soldiers set up an 81mm mortar in field. Soldier speaks over radio. Smoke rising from signal grenade. Officers and soldier look at map. VS, soldiers dig foxholes and trenches. Soldier speaks over radio. UH-1D lands. Soldiers unload mermite cans and other food supplies from the copter. UH-1D takes off. Soldiers waiting in brush. Soldiers walk cautiously thru jungle. CU, cave entrance. Soldiers walk across clearing. Scout dog leading soldier. Other soldiers follow. VS, soldiers waiting for copters to arrive. two officers looking at map. Soldiers move thru mess line in clearing. Radio operator eating. VS, soldiers going thru the mess line. (The food is served on paper plates.) Officer looking at map on table in base camp. LS, soldiers firing 81mm mortar. CH-47 landing with slingload of ammunition. Soldiers unload a generator from CH-47. Soldiers load generator onto M-274 mechanical mule. M-274 drives off. CU, stack of 105mm How rounds. VS, soldiers setting up an M-102, 105mm How in field.