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Vietnam / Tribes / Relocation of Villages #200502

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jan 09, 1969
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(Studio) Enemy makes use of West areas in South Vietnam inhabited by tribesmen. Attempt made by allies to hinder enemy and help villagers.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(South Vietnam) Men either go or forced to go with VC. Area declared free fire zone. South Vietnam's 42nd regiment to help tribe move and provide security. Nearest VC sanctuary 10 mile away across Cambodian border. 1st of tribe on helicopters for move. Hoped men watching from jungle will understand and follow families. [sergeant Warren WALKER - they understand, but don't want to leave villages. Involuntary move, but have convinced them army can do more for them in other villages.] Troops burn village to leave nothing valuable behind. Viet Cong say allies loot and burn everywhere they go. Tribe relocates where medical aid provided and villagers questioned for loyalty. 13,000 to be moved to province within range of 4th division's batteries. VC will attack new village.
REPORTER: Larry Pomeroy

Cronkite, Walter;
Pomeroy, Larry

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