Modern Marvels

Season 9 Episode 45

Tunnels of Vietnam

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 13, 2002 on The History Channel
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Tunnels of Vietnam
Here is the heroic story of a intrepid band of infantry soldiers, the "Tunnel Rats", charged with a daring mission--to search for, find, and destroy a secret subterranean network of enemy tunnels in Vietnam. Armed with only a flashlight, valor, and a .45, they faced a determined foe and overcame lethal odds, uncovering secret enemy arms and intelligence caches. Tragically, many of these volunteers died and others were seriously wounded on this terrifying suicide mission.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Some tunnels were so deep they were immune to the B-52 strikes. Close to half of the Communist troops in the tunnels survived the attacks while few survived on the outside.

      • Westmoreland requested an additional 206,000 troops at the height of the Tet Offensive in 1968. This top secret request was code named Operation Complete Victory.

      • Many innovative weapons including the Claymore mines, were introduced to combat during the Vietnam War. Among them were the F-4s, the AH-1G Huey Cobra and the Gunship.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: The Vietcong's rapid transit system, a labyrinth of interlocking tunnels, bunkers and barracks. An underground city supporting hospitals, classrooms and command centers. This maze stretched as far south as Saigon and allowed the North Vietnamese to strike at the heart of U.S. operations in Vietnam. Now: The Tunnels of Vietnam, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (2)

      • C.W. Bowman
        Tunnel Rat, 25th Infantry Div.

        Gerry Schooler
        Tunnel Rat, 25th Infantry Div.

        Art Tejada
        Tunnel Rat, 25th Infantry Div.

        Carl Kenneth Cory
        Tunnel Rat, 25th Infantry Div.

        Col. Chau Lam
        Artillery Officer, 9th Viet Cong Div.

        Eric Bergerud
        Author, "Red Thunder/Tropic Lightning"

        Tran Back Dang
        Commander, 9th Viet Cong Div.

        Douglas Sanderson
        Tunnel Rat, 3 Field Troop Royal Austrailian Eng.

        Col. Sandy MacGregor (Ret.)
        Author, "No Need for Heroes"

        Dennis Ayoub
        Tunnel Rat, 3 Field Troop Royal Australian Eng.

        John Cotter
        Tunnel Rat, 3 Field Troop Royal Australian Eng.

        Ray Forster
        Tunnel Rat, 3 Field Troop Royal Australian Eng.

        Les Colmer
        Tunnel Rat, 3 Field Troop Royal Australian Eng.

        Gary Heeter
        Tunnel Rat, 25th Infantry Div.

        Le Van Quang
        Dean of History, HCMC College of Social Sciences

        Writer: Andy Papadopoulos
        Producer: Andy Papadopoulos
        Director: Andy Papadopoulos
        Executive Producer: Robert Kirk
        Executive Producer: Rob Lihani
        Co-Producer: Mike Vincenti
        Editor: Steve Pomerantz
        Narrator: Jason Richards
        Camera: John Armstrong
        Camera: Brian Callahan
        Camera: Wes Dorman
        Camera: Simon Manzie
        Field Audio: Louis Block
        Field Audio: David Mityling
        Field Audio: Andy Postle
        Online Editor: Ken Paonessa
        Assistant Editor: Joey Barasch
        Additional Editing: Matt Stevenson
        Clearance Supervisor: Valarie Sheldon
        Asst. Post Production Coordinator: Matthew Duclos
        Production Associate: Yvonne Fannon
        Production Associate: Keith Reiner
        Additional Camera: Joey Barasch
        Additional Camera: Rob Lihani
        Additional Camera: Mike Vincenti
        Music: Alan Ett Music Group
        Post Production Audio: Media City Sound
        Re-recording Mixer: Mark Jensen
        Additional Graphics and Animation: Joey Barasch
        Archival Research: Natalie Fernandez
        Archival Research: Karen Wyatt
        Military Historical Consultant: Harlan Glenn
        Re-enactor: Harlan Glenn
        Re-enactor: Nik Hoffman
        Re-enactor: Jo Eric Mercado
        Re-enactor: Paul W. Miraldi
        Re-enactor: David Mitlying
        Re-enactor: Thanh Nguyen
        Re-enactor: Owen J. Thornton
        Voices: Jack Huang
        Voices: Vi Nguyen

        The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

        HCMC Office of Foreign Affairs
        Nguyen Hoang Phuong

        Tran Back Dang

        HCMC College of Social Sciences and Humanities
        Prof. Le Van Quang

        Management Board of Cu Chi Tunnels
        Col. Chau Lam, Advisor

        Vietnamese Consulate, San Francisco
        Dzung Sang

        Army War College
        Dr. Douglas Johnson

        Dr. Eric Bergerud

        Bruce Hanesalo

        Milspec Travel Inc.
        Butch Sincock
        Sarah Krause


        Raleigh Veterans CTR.

        Remember Vietnam? Inc

        The Men and Woman of Combat Camera

        Australian War Memorial
        Jillian Brankin
        Sandy Clugston

        C.W. Bowman


        Kenneth Cory

        Erickson Archivals

        Ray Forster

        Executive in Charge of Production: Ann J. Hackett
        Supervising Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Executive Producer: Charlie Maday
        Produced by Digital Ranch

      • This wasn't originally a Modern Marvels episode, but rather it was a part of the Reel to Real series.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)