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Vietnam / Deserters #18380

ABC Evening News for Monday, Nov 13, 1972
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(Studio) Catholic leader, Cardinal John J. Krol of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, urges nation to display spirit of generosity for men who refused to fight in Vietnam. President Nixon opposes amnesty. Krol says National Conf. Catholic Bps. recommends pardons on condition deserters provide community services. Of 35,000 United States military deserters, most live in Canada or Europe.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(NYC) Thousands of deserters live underground in US. [Deserter - says he cannot harm a living thing. Describes Marine boot camp motivation films to encourage ability to kill people. Wants freedom.] (Small town, USA) [Deserter describes living underground. Says he is not free to live normal life. Says he would go to jail if it would save 1 man's life. His philosophy runs counter to war and senseless killing.] Deserters viewed more harshly than draft evaders.
REPORTER: Howard Tuckner

(Studio) Both deserters volunteered for Marines; neither served in Vietnam.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reasoner, Harry;
Tuckner, Howard

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