USS AULT (DD-698) 1966-67 VIETNAM OPERATIONS



USS AULT (DD-698) 1966-67 VIETNAM OPERATIONS




DVD Content
This DVD contains the actual, uncut footage that was filmed by a crewman who sailed in Ault during the 1966-67 Vietnam combat cruise. A fantastic look into a destroyer at war in Vietnam. -Very unique, never before seen footage-
During this deployment, she steamed with Ticonderoga to station in the Gulf of Tonkin for planeguard duties. On 16 April, the destroyer was assigned to Task Unit 77.1.1 for Operation Sea Dragon, offensive surface operations against waterborne logistic craft and coastal defense sites in North Vietnam. As part of this unit, she joined Collett, Boston (CAG-1), and Hobart (D39) in conducting sweeps from Cap Lay north to Thanh Hoa.
The warship was relieved on 30 April and returned to Subic Bay for upkeep. On 7 May, she got underway to the III and IV Corps areas of South Vietnam to provide gunfire support. For the next three weeks, Ault responded to requests for shore bombardment during the day, and for harassment, interdiction, and illumination fire during the night. As the only destroyer available in both Corps areas, she was responsible for the coast from the mouth of the Mekong in the IV Corps area to Vung Tau and Ham Tan in the III Corps area.
From 28 May to 2 June, Ault provided gunfire support in the I Corps area; then proceeded to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for upkeep alongside Delta and then a week of rest and relaxation in Sasebo. On 19 June, the ship returned to the I Corps area of South Vietnam and, in the next three weeks, fired over 6,000 rounds of 5-inch ammunition at targets in the Quang Ngai and Chu Lai areas. After a six-day port visit to Hong Kong and five days of upkeep in Subic Bay, she once again operated in Operation Seadragon, came under heavy fire from coastal defense batteries north of Dong Hoi, but suffered no casualties or damage. On 1 August 1967, Ault completed her Vietnam tour and began her voyage home. She stopped at Kaohsiung, Yokosuka, Midway, Pearl Harbor, San Francisco, and Acapulco, and even made a side trip south of the equator to convert "Pollywogs" into "Shellbacks."
This DVD has tremendous footage of the gunfire support. Many rounds were filmed. At the end, the blackened barrels with blistered paint give testimony to the amount of rounds fired.
Great scenes of the ship at sea, including a shellback initiation. I still clearly remember the day I was initiated!!
Cool UNREP scenes with several ships, including USS Coral Sea (CVA-43), USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14), USS Boston (CAG-1), as well as other destroyers, oilers and fast supply ships. Even footage of a river patrol boat coming alongside. In fact, the Ticonderoga is launching and recovering aircraft while alongside Ault.
Very cool footage of her DASH helicopter, as well as the controllers at their station. And much, much more. There is a ton of great footage on this DVD!
Quite frankly, this is the best destroyer footage I have from the Vietnam War, and amongst the best in my entire archive. This is all Ault, filmed entirely aboard the ship.
Over 74 minutes running time.

 

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  • Produced by GRS Videos (TM). GRS Videos is dedicated to the preservation of Naval Aviation film footage. This passion began when the son of a recently deceased Korean War veteran told me how he had thrown away all of those "old 8mm films of planes flying off of a ship". Yes, I cried. Our heritage MUST be preserved. As a veteran of Naval Aviation, I have a strong interest in ensuring that our stories are not forgotten. If you have footage (16mm, 8mm, VHS, Super 8, Beta, or Digital) contact me at PLAT_Collector@verizon.net. I will also gladly trade any footage I have for new footage (any format). So, if I have Naval Aviation footage you want, and you have something I do not have, contact me and I am confident we can work something out. I am always looking for new PLAT mishaps and home movies/video of carrier operations and life on carriers. All proceeds go into obtaining and preserving more Naval Aviation footage. Gary R. Schreffler served on USS Midway (with HS-12) from 1984-1991.