Experiences in Vietnam: [1 Australian Field Hospital, Vung Tau, May-September 1969 / Lieutenant Colonel B.H. Gutteridge

Accession Number F04760
Collection type Film
Measurement 28 min
Object type Home movie
Physical description 16mm/b&w and colour/silent
Maker Gutteridge, Bruce Heath
Place made Singapore, Vietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province, Fire Support Base Thrust, Vietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province, Nui Dat, Vietnam: South Vietnam, Saigon, Vietnam: Vung Tau Special Zone, Vung Tau
Date made May 1969-September 1969
Access Open
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Lieutenant-Colonel B H Gutteridge was a pathologist serving with the Citizens Military Force (CMF) and was sent to South Vietnam for a three month tour with 1 Australian Field Hospital, Vung Tau. Scenes include: Singapore, boarding Qantas Boeing 707 passenger aircraft for flight to Vietnam. Aerial views of the Mekong River. Landing and disembarking at Ton Son Nuit Airport. Road journey to Saigon and views of the city from the top floor of the Embassy Hotel. Visit to the US 24th Evacuation Hospital at Bien Hoa Air Base. General Watson, Lieutenant-Colonel Connolly and Captain Anderson. Arrival of Medevac Iroquois helicopter with Viet Cong casualties brought in for treatment at the 24th Evacuation Hospital. Boarding RAAF Caribou at Ton Son Nuit for flight to Vung Tau via Nui Dat. Kangaroo Pad at Nui Dat. Helicopter flight from Nui Dat to Fire Support Base (FSB) Thrust. Various scenes at the FSB including Centurion tank and Armoured Recovery Vehicle, weapons pits, observation tower, and 105 mm Howitzer. Return flight to Nui Dat and scenes at Kangaroo Pad including take off by 'Dust Off' Huey Iroqouis helicopter. US Iroquois landing at Vampire Pad at 1 Australian Field Hospital and unloading casualities. Australian casualities carried by stretcher to RAAF buses for evacuation to Australia. Scenes at down town Vung Tau. The orphanage at Vung Tau. (Start of B&W) Examining patients at Phat Thuoc Aid Station near Vung Tau. Shot of Lieutenant Colonel Gutteridge examining patients. Dental work at Phat Thuoc. (Restart of Colour) A Sunday concert at the Badcoe Club at Vung Tau. Lieutenant-Colonel Ron Gregg at the concert. Scenes at the Harold Holt Memorial Pool and the beach at Vung Tau showing the US and Australian sections. Vung Tau Airfield and flight by Iroquois to Saigon. [film ends]

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