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Vietnam / Fighting / South Vietnam Refugees / Smith #1729

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 17, 1968
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(Studio) South Vietnam rangers moving across field near Da Nang when attacked by North Vietnam. South Vietnam broke and ran. 4 Americans there. 37 South Vietnam killed; 80 hurt. Enemy did same to Marines near DMZ. Marines held and killed 27 North Vietnam; 25 Marines killed; 126 hurt. 25 Infantry Div. troops near Tay Ninh killed 117 North Vietnam in 3 clashes. 9 Americans killed; 26 hurt.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(South Vietnam) American aid representative Dennis Smith denounces treatment of South Vietnam refugees. Smith resigning due to corruption in South Vietnam government and inefficiency in United States organization
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds Narrates

(Saigon, South Vietnam) [SMITH - says resigning because tired of being point of hypocrisy of refugee program. Disgusted with corruption. Tells of refugee camp where starvation occurred. Many left camp and went back to original villages. South Vietnam and United States troops forced them back. Describes commodities being sold for profit; they were received by deception. (Petrus Ky refugee camp shown.) 14,000 in Petrus Ky refugee camp. They had to get bribe to get in camp. Describes unsanitary conditions. Got official word that we're to talk positively about programs and keep silent about negative aspects. Says every time he tries to change things, he gets transferred or someone says don't worry; Vietnam lived like this for years This attitude will destroy aid program.]
REPORTER: Craig Spence

(Studio) AID representatives in Washington, DC had no comment.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Reynolds, Frank;
Spence, Craig

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