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Vietnam / Massacre / Background #201169

CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 17, 1969
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(Studio) Chief South Vietnam Quang Ngai Province reports no evidence massacre by Americans happened. Survivors say 500 civilians killed by American Infantry Patrol. Chiefs say 300 might have died from air and artillery strikes. Villagers say 70-80 survived by lying still under bodies of neighbors. Ex-Vet, Ronald Ridenhour, wrote government representatives after hearing accounts of deed. Lieutenant William Calley and sergeant David Mitchell charged.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Fort Benning, Georgia) Calley prepares defense in case investigation leads to Court-Martial. Attorney George Latimer insists it was combat operation.
REPORTER: David Culhane

(Salt Lake City, UT) [LATIMER - calls it mission of war. Calley tried to carry out his mission.]
REPORTER: Josh Darsa

(Claremont, California) [RIDENHOUR - says charged great number of village population murdered without provocation. Only 7 weapons found there.]
REPORTER: Harvey Sachs

Cronkite, Walter;
Culhane, David;
Darsa, Josh;
Sachs, Harvey

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