Siege of Firebase Ripcord

Monday, July 6 at 3 a.m. ET

By 1970 the Vietnam War was near its end. America was turning the fight over to the South Vietnamese, but departure without victory is a dirty business. Even with the withdrawal underway thousands of new men were arriving for their tour of duty.

In April of 1970 the 101st Airborne Division, the famed Screaming Eagles, began to build a mountain top fortress or firebase know as Ripcord. Surrounded by rugged jungle it relied on a helicopter lifeline to get supplies in and the wounded out. Lurking in that jungle was a battle hardened North Vietnamese Army that outnumbered the Americans more than four-to-one.

The battle that followed was one of the bloodiest of the war. The politicians had already labeled the war a lost cause but, in the heat of battle the men of the 101st found a noble cause. They fought to save the man to the left and the man to the right. It was the bond of brotherhood and a chance to see home that motivated these men to fight like lions.

On this amazing episode of "War Stories with Oliver North" you will meet some of the men who survived this horrendous carnage. Men like "Doc" Cafferty, who woke one night to find dozens of enemy soldiers inside his perimeter. You'll also hear the vivid memories of a man whose friend who went MIA.

Staff for this episode:

Executive Producer: Pamela K. Browne

Produced and written by: Martin Hinton

Editor: Eddie Montague

Production Assistant: Bevin Mahoney

Designer: Yong Kim