CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 11, 1968
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(Studio) United States reports pacification optimistically. 3/4 South Vietnam population said to live in secure areas, under government control. Viet Cong control said near 13%. Contested area reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Cu Chi, South Vietnam) Hamlets here contested. Murders by Viet Cong reported Victims formerly members VC. [US Adviser Donnie PEARCE - says area secure but not completely.] In Cu Chi, pacification difficult to measure. Trucks blown up by explosives noted. [South Vietnam SOLDIER - describes villagers' reactions.] 1/2 of population in Cu Chi influenced by Communists United States has provided such security as exists. Local militia taking over; sweep nearby area for VC. Some sniper fire drawn. United States helicopter gunships and artillery involved. Regional forces gradually take over pacification job. Homemade bombs constructed. Pearce and Tony Cunicello work together. [CUNICELLO - reports reaction of rice mill owner, who fled during TET offensive, then returned.] Fighting continues. Some United States troops trigger-happy; civilians get hurt. [CUNICELLO - tells of fatal incident.] Measure of pacification progress to be reported later.
REPORTER: Murray Fromson
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