Conditions for American detainees imprisoned by North Vietnam had reached their lowest point by November 1970. More than 450 people were held kidnapped, tortured, and starved to death, and several had been held captive for more than 2,000 days. The US military was on the lookout for any way to save them.
In 2021, filmmaker Ehren Parks completed “27 Minutes At Son Tay,” a documentary film on how 56 Special Forces soldiers were able to land in North Vietnam amid hundreds of thousands of hostile troops. The film contains high-resolution images and live-action reenactments of what happened on the battlefield, as related by Vietnam soldiers who were present during the operation. The filmmakers placed a high value on the veterans’ contributions in terms of truth and veracity.