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Vietnam / Blockade / Rails, Air #20557

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 12, 1972
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(Studio) President Nixon ordered, along with mining of North Vietnam harbors, interdiction of North Vietnam's supply lines from Mainland China. United States bombers destroy important RR bridge, cutting 1 of 2 lines to China. Lines will have to be bombed daily, as North Vietnam repairs them. 2 Navy fliers break record of kills of MiGs, making them 1st An. aces of Vietnam war.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Saigon, South Vietnam) 4 Navy fliers shoot down 5 MiGs over North Vietnam in 1 day. [Pilot, Lieutenant Randy CUNNINGHAM - says each kill was capitalization on enemy pilot mistake. Supports blockade, having seen surface to air missile missiles, MiG aircraft on foreign ships.] Cunningham his radarman William Driscoll got 3 MiGs, added to 2 shot down earlier in year Their plane shot down, they were rescued.
REPORTER: Roger Peterson

Peterson, Roger;
Reasoner, Harry

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