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Prisoners of War Release / Letter / Reaction #213221

CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 11, 1971
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(Studio) Officials try to find reason for 2 year delay for letter of POW Staff sergeant John C. Sexton, Junior in getting to his parents.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Warren, Michigan) Sextons told of letter in September Pts. of August 19, 1969, letter read. [SEXTON - says doesn't believe letter kept from us intentionally, feels it was mislaid; wants to know about letter.] [Mrs. SEXTON - feels someone made "boo-boo".] Sextons will meet son in Denver, Colorado.
REPORTER: Michele Clark

(Studio) Report on Pentagon reactions to letter.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Letter brushed off as propaganda and filed at intelligence center Sexton then listed as missing. Sexton's family requests review of case in July, 1971. Then, copy of letter delivered to Pentagon on Tuesday, letter proved authentic. 2 days later, Sexton walked to freedom after being reclassified from MIA (missing in action) to POW; called bureaucratic foul-up.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Allies release North Vietnam Lieutenant as reciprocal gesture for Sexton.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Clark, Michele;
Cronkite, Walter;
Schieffer, Bob

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