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Vietnam War / 173Rd Airborne Brig. / Deserters #17158

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 02, 1971
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(Studio) Casualties reported; 173rd Airborne Brigadier returns home.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Fort Campbell, Kentucky) [Defense Secretary Melvin River LAIRD - says return of brigade evidence of VNization program progress; orderly withdrawal process to continue]
REPORTER: Roger Peterson

(Studio) 89,000 GIs deserted units in 1970.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Vancouver, Canada) Committee to Aid American War Objectors helps draft dodgers, deserters find housing, work. [Deserter Jim PERKINS - says would like to visit family, friends in US, but couldn't live there.] [Deserter Edward KOPERA - says it's not worth risk trying to sneak back into US.] [Deserter Christopher RIGG - says family getting used to fact can't return.]
REPORTER: Frank Mariano

Mariano, Frank;
Peterson, Roger;
Smith, Howard K.

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