Vietnam War Helicopter Door Gunners: "Shotgun Rider" circa 1967 US Army UH-1 Huey 29min

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"This film is about the helicopter door gunner, nicknamed 'Shotgun Rider.' He was a new addition to the helicopter crew, and the film shows him as he performed some of his various duties in Vietnam, after a rigorous training program."

also see: Shotgun Rider Training

Public domain film from the National Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and 1-pass exposure & color correction applied (cannot be ideal in all scenes).
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).


A door gunner is a crewman tasked with firing and maintaining manually directed armament aboard a helicopter. The actual role will vary depending on the task given on a particular mission...

The role of "Door Gunner" originated during the Vietnam War, when helicopters were first used in combat in large numbers. The original personnel who served as early Door Gunners aboard CH-21, UH-34, and UH-1 helicopters in Vietnam, were enlisted men, with a designated and specially trained 'Crew Chief' serving as both the aircraft's maintenance manager and a Door Gunner. And normally, a second enlisted Soldier served as a second Door Gunner (such as on a UH-1, and UH-34, which both used two gunners (one on each side of the aircraft)). Later, as the War progressed, the Door Gunner position sometimes used a non-aviation rated/trained Soldier or Marine, that volunteered for Door Gunner duties.

For the majority of the Vietnam War, the principal weapon of the Door Gunner in Vietnam was a Medium Machine Gun (MG), initially, a M-1919A4 .30 Caliber MG, and soon thereafter, the M-60 7.62mm MG became the standard helicopter door armament system. However, when a helicopter was not armed or outfitted with a dedicated MG for door armament, the Door Gunner was forced to use a rifle, or a carbine, as a defensive weapon. (Thus, some Door Gunners in Vietnam are sometimes seen using an M1 Carbine, an M14 rifle, or an M16 rifle, as their only weapon.) (In the very first U.S. Army helicopter units (flying CH-21 helicopters) that began flying combat missions in Vietnam in 1962, some helicopters were not armed with a door MG, and the Door Gunners thus carried an M1 Carbine, or an M14 rifle, as the sole door weapon.)

Initially, the Door Gunner's MG weapons were mounted on swiveling mounts (on a pintle mount) in order to retain and steady the door armament weapon, which was usually an M60 machine gun. As the War progressed, using bungee cords to suspend/retain the MG weapons became a common practice for Door Gunners, as the newfound maneuverability of these 'bungeed' MG weapons allowed for increased angles to shoot from. Further, some Door Gunners simply did not use any retention device with their MG weapons (such as a pintle mount, or a bungee cord), and instead, they simply hand-held the weapon for a maximum level of maneuverability of fire. This practice was commonly termed as using a "Free 60", referring to the directional freedom of an unrestrained M-60 MG.

Door Gunners were normally restrained for safety within the aircraft, by either using a standard seat lap belt, or if the Gunner wanted freedom of movement within the aircraft while still being retained, he used a "Monkey Harness", which was a GI safety harness worn on the torso, and anchored to the aircraft floor, or cabin wall. The "Monkey Harness" allowed a Door Gunner great movement...

The Door Gunner position was not a particularly popular one, due to the inherent vulnerability of manning a machine gun in the open door of a helicopter. According to popular legend, the door gunner on a Vietnam era Huey gun ship had a life-span of 5 minutes... Today, helicopters like the UH-60 have two machine guns firing out of two windows located behind the pilots. The CH-46, CH-47 and CH-53 have an additional gun that is fired from the rear ramp. The UH-1 (still in use by the U.S. Marine Corps) is still manned as it was in the Vietnam War, actually firing from an open cabin door...


The Bell UH-1 Iroquois is a military helicopter powered by a single, turboshaft engine, with a two-bladed main rotor and tail rotor. The helicopter... first flew on 20 October 1956. Ordered into production in March 1960... more than 16,000 have been produced worldwide.

The first combat operation of the UH-1 was in the service of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. The original designation of HU-1 led to the helicopter's nickname of Huey...

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Автор THAD J. CORNETT ( назад)
They were a different breed with a short life span....Thank you to all who
served in this war they were not given nor allowed to win.

Автор Cola Nuka ( назад)
The Beach.

Автор Lennard Covarrubias ( назад)
to the pilots. .door gunners. ...glad you made it back...I volunteer as a
gunner 1971..clear my medical and ready to go...but my 1st Sargent said
were short people no way...did me favor. ....welcome back guys !!

Автор Jamie Shields ( назад)
looks to me like this is '65, based on the date of this doc:

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Автор Aquino Benites ( назад)
Nice! Today, we have NVG operations! This is the big diference.

Автор Beretverde ( назад)
This was 1966. The 197th AHC was reflagged the 334th AHC by 1967.

Автор Jim Jimmies (JimOfficial) ( назад)
2:30 That cigarette flick was smooth af

Автор radiootoo ( назад)
JULIE ANDREWS or "Mary Poppins" flies in at 10:45!

Автор Thibault Fontaine ( назад)
Wassup, This video is nice regret shallow What's your opinion about that !

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Автор Jeff Quitney ( назад)
Vietnam War Helicopter Door Gunners: "Shotgun Rider" circa 1967 US Army
UH-1 Huey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe0wkk3Md_0 #VietnamWar

Автор R Fischer ( назад)
Am researching for an article in memory of a friend who was KIA in Bhin
Dinh province. Was part of 1BN 50th Infantry (mech.) regiment which had
been temporarily assigned to 1 Air Cav. from Sept., 1967 till February,
1968; then 50th Inf. reg. was assigned to 4th infantry division. He was KIA
following his air transport into action near Thuan Dao on March 2, 1968. Am
interested in communicating/talking with any who may have background
information regarding the above units and Vietnam air assault combat during
1967 to 1968. Please respond if you think you may have relevant
information. Thank you. 

Автор Jeff Rose ( назад)
My Wifes Father was a door gunner,he will not speak of it. Jerry is great
guy !

Автор james marshall ( назад)
i forgot what i was watchin looking at the beach and the surf

Автор Poison Toad (426 лет назад)
This is bloody hilarious! Can anyone watch this and keep a straight face?

I can't believe so many good 'ole, God-fearin' American boys were stupid
enough to fall for this blatantly cheesy propaganda snake-oil.

Well, we can only hope that they've learnt their lesson and will never be
so silly as to fall for this kind of putrid, steaming crap again.

Автор TheChuck624 ( назад)
They left out the part about shooting at every fucking living thing other
than an American G.I. that could even remotely pose the slightest danger to
your aircraft. 

Автор George Theofanous ( назад)
I happen to have this documentary on DVD, as well as another on the OH-58.
Love 'em.

Автор Stephen Zapantis ( назад)

Hi Jeff, we are making a documentary called "Take Me Home Huey". Do you
know if the footage in this video is public domain? Do you have any
information we might need if we want to use a few shots in our project?
Thank you for posting! Please contact me by email info@takemehomehuey.com 

Автор Bill Turner ( назад)
I door gunned for the 128th AVN and 187th Crusaders '69/'70. Loved it.
Best job in the Nam. It is air conditioned a couple of hundred feet up.
Beautiful country from up there. Occasionally the gooks shoot at you but
overall, too much fun. You get to shoot back! 

Автор Marlin Tubbs ( назад)
Wonder if this was open for lower EMs.. (E1-spc4) was this ever an actual
MOS, or did most guys just get handed an M-60, and take a BOI on how to
fire from a UH-1 by buzzing NVA in over in Happy Valley?
Friggin horrendous job to have!
I have the utmost respect for, and thank all who had to endure service in
Vietnam. No fuckin' joke!

Автор Rando ( назад)

Автор knupder ( назад)
I've never met a Vietnam War door gunner who enjoyed the job. The only
reason that they seem willing to tell me about their experiences is because
I hear them say "I was a door gunner in Vietnam" and I tell them "that
sounds like it must have been fucking terrible". Apparently it was.

Автор Preusse64 ( назад)
und charly hat sie trotzdem verjagd.

Автор Sarin VX ( назад)
"Mae west" life vest...LOL

Автор BoldUpload ( назад)
Does anyone happen to know anyone in this Docu? This is a serious question,
it's in regards to my Dad and his best friend. Same unit. Thanks

Автор SD Morningstar ( назад)
I was a volunteer door gunner with the 1stCav from late 1967 until May of
1969. The first part of this training in this film is probably true. But in
the world one afternoon back in base camp there was a sign outside the HQ
hooch which wanted door gunners. Don’t know why I did it but immediately I
walked up and signed the sheet (only name on the sheet by the way) thinking
the Army will take its usual sweet time. I was hanging out of a Huey the
next day before lunch. Started to occur to me I really fucked up but it was
too late then. My only training was some Captain asked me if I knew how to
fire an M60 and had a pulse. That was it but I made it through pretty much

Автор Cole Wynn ( назад)
Hi Jeff, we are making a documentary called "Take Me Home Huey". Do you
know if the footage in this video is public domain? Do you have any
information we might need if we want to use a few shots in our project?
Thank you for posting!

Автор freedom ( назад)
very interesting, love USA

Автор CaesarInVa (1613 года назад)
Is that Schofield Barracks in the background around 02:04? The last time I
saw that place was '82.

Автор JiG3 ( назад)
Whether this is propagande or not.. I liked it lol

Автор John Smith ( назад)
10:44 Juli Andrews... tasty dish... Lol

Автор True Grit ( назад)
I really enjoyed this video.

Автор Dan Mulcrone ( назад)
I liked the video, and its subject matter. Only, one thing caught my eye,
and I may be wrong. At approximately 14:20 in the video of troops entering
the KC-135, the engine in the picture was not the straight jet
(water-injected) J-57 of the Vietnam era.

Автор HUTCHfromBA ( назад)
What joker posted this BS ?

Автор Ryan Ehlis ( назад)
you got to like the anti communist propaganda BS, now it is the fake war on
terror. Anything to keep the bankers making money on war.

Автор methylene5 ( назад)
"Ever killed any women or children?"
"Sometimes !"

Автор M60gunner1971 ( назад)
Are you fucking shitting me?!!?

Автор CURTIS LAWSON ( назад)

Автор ozzthorn258 ( назад)
"two of hawaii's freindly guides' sure, i know they are prostitutes chum,
now get back to being a barracks rat

Автор datanerator ( назад)

Автор Shield FleeT (Flinny) ( назад)
LOL spongebob music at 12:13

Автор Robert Ransley ( назад)
What propaganda...."let the people of Viet Nam decide for themselves...."
Riiiight....LOL, what BS. I know a man who was a jet mechanic for Hueys,
he wasn't supposed to see action, his job was to repair the engines, right?
Wrong, it got so bad, he told me, door gunners were dying like flies that
he was ordered to fly shotgun on the huey he maintained.

Автор Elgus 114 ( назад)
........fucking ridiculous tactics........

Автор Lonnie Moore ( назад)
looking for anyone from the 23rd inf div 1971 196 inf 72

Автор MrSebfrench76 ( назад)
At 26.01, 2 Vietnamese cabs,testimony from the former French occupation,
models are Renault 4 CV.

Автор MrSebfrench76 ( назад)
Same business as usual on Youtube.USA sucks,governement lies,poor VCs,bla
bla bla...
On the french Youtube it's the same:,in the comments regarding French
today's wars,we find the same cone-heads,talking of things they will never
understand,speaking like generals,behind their COD 's screens...
This film is a gold nugget.Thanks to share it with us.

Автор Joseph Nez ( назад)
The Vietnamese were worse than Nazis they committed genocide against Champa
and the Khmer Krom. We should've bombed these bastards to the stone age
like LBJ said.

Автор walkyree honda ( назад)
This is about in Vietnam war 

Автор walkyree honda ( назад)
In 1965 I was born in Thailand 

Автор HaROFLMFAOhA ( назад)
Aw I wanted to be a door gunner for a Blackhawk, too bad I can't enlist
anymore because of suicidal thoughts from child abuse and trauma. It really
sucks. This video makes me yearn for it even more... One can only dream :(

Автор hobieslug45 ( назад)
they left out part two the antidepressants the methadone the xanax and the
nightmare meds . the waking up in the middle of the night to find that you
almost bit your tounge off and broke a tooth. and then there is part three

Автор j lin ( назад)
lol i seen parts of this in esar wow 

Автор PlasmaCoolantLeak ( назад)
Ah, who got Hawaii for a duty station? Not I.

Автор Kathleen Winters ( назад)
i was a pre-teen in 1960 didn't see all these documentaries, i knew
governments used alot of propaganda but i was so disappointed to see all
these lies
i have a cousin who bought into this bs 

Автор Kosmos Erdem ( назад)
Why would you need so many health checks for a gunner? If his heart failed
just kick him out of the chopper. 

Автор Conlan0215 ( назад)
Oh, propaganda....

Автор John Sieren ( назад)

Автор SuperStig23 ( назад)
I fondly remember a guy I met in the mid 80's who was drafted in 67' scored
high on his induction tests and opted to be a medic as he was a practicing
Roman Catholic.

He knew he was in trouble when they had their first Chopper ride, while
training the Pilot went up to about a hundred feet and cut the engine with
no warning , the new guys ALL started screaming and crapped their pants,
the Pilot was laughing the whole way down to a VERY hard landing, later
they found out the Pilot had already flown 2 combat tours, and he was so
crazy nobody would fly with him anymore, everybody on the base already knew
this, welcome to the ARMY !! :)

Very modest, he would never accept my stunned admiration, he always said
the Huey Pilots were the bravest men he had ever met.Yes he was proud of
the wounded guys they had saved but they never made up for hundreds they
lost and the dead who many times had to be literally shoveled into body
bags just like meat.

Despite constant ribbing from newbie big-mouth Macho Grunts he actually saw
MORE action than any of them except the special forces guys who in contrast
loved the evac pilots and medics, they knew if they got into the sh*t who
would come and get them even if it was too hot for anyone else.

He was shot down seven times, wounded 4 times, but by some miracle he made
it home in one piece physically but the horror of what he had seen lived
with him the rest of his too-short life, unable to cope he slowly drank
himself to death.

Let's THINK before we send our kids into stupid wars again, have we learned
NOTHING ?? Get all of our troops out of these bogus wars, Bush believed
his own BS, Obama knew it was BS but kept it going as both parties need the
$Billions from Wall St and Defense Industry to get re-elected and line
their greedy pockets, which is worse ?? a tough call.


Автор aquadragon1 ( назад)
American soldiers are second too non ? That must be a joke. The US forces
are richer then anyone else THAT is the primairy factor in their "succes".
Not individual skill or mental capacities.

Автор mentalphysicalism ( назад)
In 1968 they had large draft quotas so anybody who was able to walk into
the medical evaluation center and could see good enough to not bump into
anything passed the medical exam.

Автор escole48 ( назад)
This was a great video. I like the old style way the narrator presents the
documentary. I think the pilots and gunners were brave. I'd be terrified
doing such a job. It was a very messy and dirty business as is all wars,
but those who were conscripted to fight it, are brave men on both sides of
the equation.

Автор takitimu08 ( назад)
do you feel any remorse??

Автор G. Scott Hughes ( назад)
11:51 "they told us that fighting in vietnam is a little like fighting the
japanese in the south pacific." uhh..NOTT!

Автор G. Scott Hughes ( назад)
2:33..smoke 'em if ya got 'em!

Автор Cyberphobe ( назад)
This vid reminds me of a story that a Vietnam vet told me. He was a door
gunner of a Hue and on a few occasions his chopper transported NVA and
N.Vietnam prisoners off the battlefield only he would make sure not all of
the prisoners would make it back for interrogation. Mid flight he would
kick one or two overboard.

Автор GeorgeBonez ( назад)
Check out all of the non or Anti-American sour-pussy comments on this vid!
hahaha Aww bless their lil dumbass hearts! They are still mad cause we
whipped their fucking asses then picked them up out of the dirt to dust
uneducated, DUMBED-DOWN, INBRED COMMIES are bound and determined to let
some Pellet-giving Dictatorial Gov OWN THEM like the FUCKING
LAZY DOGS THAT THEY ARE! The American concept of liberty & freedom is
simply to hard for them to live up to or ever achieve so they would rather
be enslaved as dogs serving their masters ! They are too fucking lazy to
EVER be in charge of their own lives and survival! SIT little puppy! Now
Roll-OVER little puppy and I'll give you a treat!

Автор takitimu08 ( назад)
How many innocent people did these door gunners mow down?

Автор Daryl Buck izzz Trinity Valour indeed! ( назад)
Duty Post Hawaii... Where do I sign up?

Автор Daryl Buck izzz Trinity Valour indeed! ( назад)
Ahhhh The US Army version... Finally the truth...

Автор bcaulf ( назад)
"It's typical of the Viet Cong mentality that they make a special effort to
get us when we land on a medevac mission." Typical oriental mentality, so
sneaky. Makes you want to just carpet bomb their industry until their
society collapses.

Автор eacobra ( назад)
Anyone that stands still is a well disciplined VC

Автор Bushrod Rust Johnson ( назад)
Anyone who runs is a VC!

Автор MrSkypony ( назад)
There was no MOS for door gunner. I applied to the army board a few years
ago to get the MOS as a second MOS and was told there has been no door
gunner MOS since the bombers of WW2. Vietnam with C/159th ASHB 101st
Airborne 1969-70

Автор gschupfter ( назад)
I have the biggest respect for you Veterans!
greets from austria

Автор Larry Gordon ( назад)
I served with C/227th Assault Helicopter Battalion im 1969-1970. UH-1H's .
My training was OJT in country as was several of our other gunners.

Автор antonio petrocelli ( назад)
honor to you guys

Автор josey wales ( назад)
Ah, shaddap......

Автор ten8goa ( назад)
Mini-guns go in the door. M-60 was a tough dog, but a mini-gun would out do
ANY other weapons system.

Автор phil a arellano ( назад)
I flew with the 129th A.H.C.in vietnam 69/70. Dig the uniforms! The terrain
don!t match Ft. Rucker. all of it was a trip., Crew a D model, then crew a
H model, also throw in cobra AH-G. Kept me out of the ord. room. But still
love to fly. 

Автор yTube BlowsBigBalls ( назад)
This is so dumb, half the film is about how great Hawaii is and how you'll
get to fight like the previous generation did against Japan. Too bad they
left out the horror of fighting a guerilla warfare in a hostile jungle with
body counts as the main objective.

Автор JetMechMA ( назад)

Автор hobieslug45 ( назад)
buck sargent

Автор hobieslug45 ( назад)
don't know if you got an answer but yes same round

Автор Don May ( назад)
i like to thank all of you that served in vietnam . and say how sorry i am
for the way the ppl did back home protesting against you and the war . it
may me sick as hell to hear them calling you names on the news. again thank
you may god bless you all

Автор Atomicomet ( назад)
The U.S. Army must have had a very lax view on hair cuts and hair length
not enough crew cuts or shaved heads .

Автор sergeantbigmac ( назад)
they are both chambered for 7.62x51 mm NATO, yes 

is m60 machine gun and m14 riffle uses the same 7.62 mm nato ammunition ?
can anyone tell ?

Автор ChopperDoc181 ( назад)
CE + DG = CrewDog. And so God created the utility helicopter as a
replacement for a horse to rain fire from the sky all the while the
crewdogs yelled at their enemies "Get some, get some." This CE served in
Iraq and Afghanistan, but I cut my teeth on the Huey when I first came in,
and earned 330 hours in H's and V's. Now that list has grown to hawks of
many types and over 1500 combat hours alone. Loved this video. Thank you to
all those who have gone before and know we are still kicking ass!

Автор landocommando8 ( назад)
Thank you for your service!

Автор JetMechMA ( назад)
At 1:15, that guy is an Army Sargent, isn't he?

Автор Jim B ( назад)
Kudos on your extensive google search. 1 dead and 1 day of battle was to
much. Period. Im a vet and stand for whats ordered, but it dont mean I
gotta like it. BTW. They stopped the body count as a propaganda thing. 

Автор frankandersson76 ( назад)
Stalin claimed that 4½ German soldiers were killed in 1941 (real figure
some 200 000). In same way Americans were exaggerated the losses of enemy
in Vietnam. A study based on demographics of Vietnam has now calculated
that some 886 000 - 1 050 000 Vietnamese people of all kind: civilians,
military of all forces were killed during the war. Less than half million
of them were men 15-29 y. old (typical age of ARVN, VC or NVA soldiers).
And we know that s. 200 000 of them were ARVN.

Автор hobieslug45 ( назад)
did anyone else call these uh-ib hogs ours had a drenade launcher up front
where the bunny was . seen that emblem but I don't know what they where

Автор hobieslug45 ( назад)
don't piss off a ch 47 pilot off shit hooks will come in and blow your tent
down . 

Автор Kick Muck ( назад)
Great footage. I must admit though, recruitment propaganda comes to mind. 

Автор jaysafer85 ( назад)
Why wouldn't there be one? ;) Just to raise moral. Maybe give Charlie
something pretty to see before being gunned down.

Автор khoa cún ( назад)
tks a lot to you for this footage 

Автор a Bunvoya ( назад)
We accept hanoi as the country's capital and the name of saigon has
changed. Though many of us still call it saigon. For the truth, south
vietnamese are still quite angry with the north, sometimes, we heard about
students want to overthrow the communist govern and bring back the old. 

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