Episode 3. The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)

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Episode 3. The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)

Annotated Transcript Of Episode 3

R.J. Del Vecchio

OK, again, lots of valid reporting of the actual events. But again, the insertion of stuff that's just wrong or misstated badly.

Dan Kellum

The Cam Ne Incident was flashed all over the TVs back home casting the Marines as the bad guys burning those poor villagers' homes as they wept. Odd how that number of hooches burned varied so wildly 30 to 57 to 150 to 300!!!!! I hope these reporters got their numbers from the Marines on the ground and didn't count the burned hooches themselves on an active battlefield full of punji pits and other dismembering boobytraps. I can't see that being the case they counted the burned hooches themselves. The Cam Ne Incident as reported by Safer peaked my interest as my first assignment in the bush was to the Cam Ne villes area with Echo 2, 2/1 so I was very familiar with the area and its paltry number of hooches standing when I arrived there in March 1970. Even then we lost some of our Marines to the ever present boobytraps the VC cadre was still planting on the trails to ruin our days on patrol.

Charles Krohn

While I don’t find anything particularly offensive in this episode, it does seem to make an epiphany out of every ARVN shortcoming and, alternatively, every Viet Cong/NVA success. Shakespeare could get away with this, but not storytellers aiming at capturing history in a scholarly sense.

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