CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 03, 1969
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(Studio) Report on black-white unrest in Arms
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam) 50% soldiers here black. Discontent with slow promotions, menial jobs, and excessive harassment. [Sp/4 Dean McKENNA - says white boy beaten by 2 colored boys.] Colonel said 2 would go to jail and everyone decided they'd have a riot.] [Sergeant John CHAPMAN - says riot mostly black and white, but didn't start that way.] [McKENNA - says many whites beaten bad.] [Lieutenant James PREWITT - says slow promotions and harassment, and fight triggered riot.] [Sp/4 Willie NELSON - says prejudice existed. People getting along better.] [McKENNA - says still hard feelings.] [Sp/4 Randy BARTHALOW - says things back to normal.] 9 blacks arrested and held in Long Binh stockade on assault charges. Commanding Ofr. calls it slice of American life transferred to Vietnam.
REPORTER: Gary Shepard
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