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Vietnam / Lavelle Bombing #21153

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 21, 1972
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(Studio) Between December 1968 and resumption of American bombing of North Vietnam this spring, American pilots restricted to protective reaction strikes. Air Force General John Lavelle relieved of duty, retired early for ordering unauthorized bombing. Air Force Lieutenant to file formal charges against Lavelle.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Honolulu, Hawaii) Former Air Force sergeant James Walklay, photograph interpreter and intelligence analyst at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1969, 1970, saw pilots reports and bombing damage assessment photos of missions flown in Vietnam before General John Lavelle' s tour. [WALKLEY - says even then, protective reaction was used as excuse for offensive strikes over North Vietnam after bombing halt. Says truck parks on North Vietnam Route 137, Dong Hoi supply depots, and other targets not threatening to American aircraft hit. Says Admiral McCain was aware of actions as he was briefed on Southeast Asian air operations.] Pacific Commander, Admiral John McCain declines interview.
REPORTER: Bill Zimmerman

Smith, Howard K.;
Zimmerman, Bill

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