Search the Archive

United States Involvement / Cambodia #213004

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 27, 1971
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio) United States GIs, in civilian clothes, recovered damaged helicopters from Phnom Penh airport. Action raises question of GIs not forbidden in Cambodia.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Phu Loi, South Vietnam) Aware of destination before left Phu Loi? [Lieutenant Brian REESE - yes.] Did you wear civilian clothing? [REESE - yes, changed clothes before left helicopter.] 1st time wore civilian clothes on mission? [REESE - yes.] What kind of mission was it? [Sp/5 Thomas BUMGARNER - to Phnom Penh to recover damaged helicopters.] Civilian clothes unusual? [BUMGARNER - don't normally wear civilian clothes.] When told to wear civilian clothes on mission? [Unidentified GI - 10 min. before left.] Any reason given? [GI - no.] Lieutenant Cols. flew helicopters instead of regular pilots.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Studio) State Department says GIs wore civilian clothes at United States Cambodian Ambassador request, avoided impression of United States advisors in Cambodia. [Secretary Defense LAIRD - recommend wearing uniforms.]
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Laird testifies at closed Armed Services Committee meeting. [Senator Stuart SYMINGTON - optimistic briefing like briefings received last 7 years] [Senator John STENNIS - incrd. North Vietnam activities force incrd. US support; if Cambodian situation worsens necessary to reexamine law limiting United States Cambodian activity. [Senator George McGOVERN - says fed up with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in. ]
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Chairperson Joint Chiefs Staff Admiral Thomas Moorer says limitation of US-Cambodian air strikes slows United States withdrawal from South Vietnam.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Dean, Morton;
Schieffer, Bob
Duration:
00:06:20

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.