I came across some old footage of a US Special Forces patrol during the Vietnam War. The patrol is made up of mostly Vietnamese soldiers of the first company of the Camp Plei Mrong Strike Force. Two American Special Forces soldiers are patrolling with them; SFC Henry Corvera, weapons man and M/Sgt Richard E Pegram, team sergeant.
The footage shows about 50 to 100 men in action against the Vietnamese Montagnard Cong. They start by conducting a river crossing for a swiftly moving stream. Sgt Corvera is helped out of the water, watched by a number of men on the bank.
Some Viets wade across the rushing water before their colleagues help them ashore. Sgt Pegram watches and smiles, enjoying the patrol. The men walk through the jungle and reach another river to cross. They place a log across the narrow part of the river, with Sgt Corvera crawling across the log and standing up to nod to sign for the others to follow.
Sgt Pegram is then seen using an AN/GRC 109 radio while a Viet cranks the generator. Old school comms at its best right there.
The troops move across a corn field and we see some thatch huts burning that was set alight by the patrol. I don’t know much about the Vietnam War. I heard yesterday that they don’t really teach it much in US schools either so plenty of people don’t know much about it. It was a horrific war. I have a nice pile of books written by US Rangers I think, they could even be Navy SEALs, of their times in the war. It was a nice treat to find those as even with the amount of books that I get in my business as stock I had never seen any from this group.
Anyway, it’s only a short video but I wanted to put it up so we could see an old school Special Forces patrol in action. Let me know what you think of it in the comments.