Video captures brutality of combat in Vietnam

In March 1970, CBS Correspondent Richard Threlkeld and his camera crew accompanied a 21-man patrol from the U.S. Army’s Alpha Troop of the 1st Squadron/9th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division into the jungle of South Vietnam, one mile from the Cambodian border. The point man for the patrol inadvertently came into contact with his North Vietnamese counterpart and with the camera rolling, a fierce firefight ensued, taking us into the teeth of battle. This is near-raw footage of what it was like to take “a peaceful walk in the sun” only to come under enemy fire that disappears as suddenly as it appears, leaving a bloody aftermath. It was originally aired on CBS Evening News on March 27, 1970. To view the video, click here.

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Steve Corbo

A founding member and corporate secretary of the Italian American Veterans Museum, Steve Corbo is the museum’s curator and a military consultant for Fra Noi. He has served for 25 years as president of S.A. Corbo & Associates Inc., providing professional liability insurance to health care providers. The son and nephew of World War II veterans and a passionate military historian for over 50 years, he has written and published articles on a variety of topics, including military history, and serves as the military consultant for Fra Noi, the Chicago-area Italian-American magazine.

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