× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

Prisoners of War Release / Letter / Reaction #213221

CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 11, 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) 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

Reporter(s):
Clark, Michele;
Cronkite, Walter;
Schieffer, Bob
Duration:
00:05:00

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.