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United States Involvement / Cambodia #213004

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 27, 1971
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(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

Cronkite, Walter;
Dean, Morton;
Schieffer, Bob

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