U.S.S. Allen M. Sumner DD-692
Vietnam Deployment - February to September 1967

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View Scott Kopfstein's Movie

Our shipmate, Scott Kopfstein, whiled away the long hours of our Vietnam Deployment by taking 8mm home movies. After many years stored away, Scott had them converted to VHS. After one of our reunions, Scott sent the tape to us for inclusion in the website. It has taken quite a while to convert the tape to something that can be viewed on the Internet. What we now present are the deployment's combat zone highlights including segments from Operation Sea Dragon, Operation Beau Charger, Yankee Station and underway replenishment. The carrier operations included were aboard the USS Hancock (CVA-19) and there is a brief view of the USS Enterprise (CVAN-65). The refueling replenishment was done with the USS Navasota (AO-106). The scene of people being lifted off by helicopter is of the NBC News Crew that came aboard for two days of filming.  This is the real thing, unedited, without sound and "as it was." The total run playing time is 10 minutes and 28 seconds.

View Part 1 of Earl Taylor's Movie

View Part 2 of Earl Taylor's Movie

Another shipmate, Earl Taylor, also had a few minutes to burn taking 8mm home movies of our days off Vietnam. After many decades in storage Earl surprised us with his movies on DVD at the 2005 Branson Reunion. Highlights in Part 1 are scenes of Subic Bay, the famous Pie Eating Contest and "Bird Farm" operations with the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43).  In the second part are views of rearming, DASH operations, Kaohsiung, Taiwan and the rescue of Ronnie Randolph after he was shot down on May 25, 1967.  This is the real thing, unedited, without sound and "as it was."  Running time for Part 1 is 5 minutes and 40 seconds, Part 2 is 7 minutes and 23 seconds.
View Frank DiBello's Movie  Shipmate Frank DiBello donated his 8mm movies on a VHS tape to the Association many years ago, it is currently available from the Ship's Store as the tape "Sumner At Sea - Vietnam," and chronicles the Vietnam Deployment from the Panama Canal onward. We have extracted a portion of the tape including operations on Yankee Station (which was boring duty!), Underway Replenishment and scenes from Operations Sea Dragon and Beau Charger. I cannot be certain but the scene of a destroyer firing into North Vietnam may be the HMAS Hobart, the time and location fit. This is the real thing, unedited, without sound and "as it was."  Running time is 10 minutes and 29 seconds.
View Anthony Parrelli's Movie Anthony Parrelli who was stationed on the USS St. Paul (CA-73), a YN3 on the Admiral's Staff of CRUDESFLOT 9 and sent us his home movies from 1967 which included a 3 minute segment of the Sumner the day before Operation Beau Charger. You can never explain in words what it was like to ride the Sumner but this film will show you what we mean by "Rock and Roll." Share this with you friends and relatives.

Many thanks to Scotty, Earl and Frank for all their efforts in making these images a permanent part of our history!