In April,1968, then-Lieutenant Mike Sprayberry of Delta Company, 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, United States Army led a small group on a harrowing nighttime rescue in Vietnam’s A Shau Valley. Their mission: to save a platoon of infantrymen encircled, ambushed, and pinned down by superior North Vietnamese forces on the flank of Tiger Mountain. The rescue was successful–all of the survivors of the ambush were extracted–but the bodies of three fallen soldiers could not be recovered.
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About the Filmmaker
Norman Lloyd grew up in a coal mining town 50 miles south of Sydney Australia . Eventually, he saved enough money to purchase his first camera, a Bolex 16mm (which he would later carry with him to Vietnam). In June of 1965, Lloyd landed a job as a cameraman for a local TV station. After a few years of experience, he flew to Vietnam on a one way ticket to cover the war as a freelance cameraman. Lloyd covered the war for four years, filming combat in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. While covering the war, Lloyd was embedded with U.S. troops in the field. Through his close contact with troops, Lloyd developed a deep respect and appreciation for the commitment and sacrifice he witnessed. As a young man, Lloyd had admired and appreciated the US for the role they played in rescuing Australia from the Japanese during World War II and his first hand experience with US troops in South East Asia fortified his reverence for the US military. After the war ended, Lloyd continued to work for CBS News and later for 60 Minutes. In 1976 Lloyd moved to the U.S. and today is a proud and patriotic citizen of the United States.
In 2004, Lloyd packed up his camera gear and retired from television news, ending a 40 year career marked by numerous awards and accolades, including 10 Emmy Awards. It was at this time that he began working on his first documentary feature, SHAKEY’S HILL, about the battalion of men he was first embedded with only weeks after arriving in Cambodia in 1970.