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Vietnam / Offensive #20810

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 03, 1972
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(Studio) South Vietnam Marines retreat from Fire Base Nancy; establish new lines along Highway 1, 15 mile north of Hue. Rds. south to Phu Bai and Danang, full of civilian and military refugees. They panic at news North Vietnam have lists of anti-Communists marked for execution. President Thieu fires 2 gans. he blames for loss of Quang Tri Province. General Vu Van Giai placed under detention.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(N. of Hue, South Vietnam) Line of retreating soldiers stretches 32 mile Many discard rifles, lose boots, parts of uniforms. They fight each other for places on empty ammunition carriers. Wounded left by road.

(Studio) In Binh Dinh Province, Fire Base English overrun. In central highlands, Kontum is in danger. Situation at An Loc critical.
REPORTER: Michael Nicholson (ITN-TV Britain)

(Highway 13,) South Vietnam call in ARVN air strikes to clear road. On ground, South Vietnam use 105 howitzers to blast enemy. North Vietnam, however, are elusive. Refugees pour down beside road (as it is mined) as South Vietnam open small portions.
REPORTER: Dick Shoemaker

Reasoner, Harry;
Shoemaker, Dick

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