CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 12, 1971
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(Studio) GI truck convoy in Danang, South Vietnam, collides with funeral procession; South Vietnam vets hold 14 American soldiers hostage; demand ransom. Vets accept $720 cash and cases of cereal and salad oil. Hostages returned unhurt.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Danang, South Vietnam) Traffic accidents always cause trouble between South Vietnam and US. [SP/4 Rollin TRENT - says incident could lead to riot.] Jeep and South Vietnam motorcycle involved in this accident. Motorcycle rider demands $36, or he'll burn jeep. [TRENT - says no more than $5 damage.] MPs complain of mil. doling out money to avoid fights. [Lieutenant Allan EITEL - says South Vietnam not sophisticated with regard to insurance; tells United States makes claim on spot to show sorry for accident; notes help given them in filling out claims' paper.] Some call Eitel and others "payola people". [Public Safety ofr. Captain Don SLESNICK - says price going up.] [SP/4 Morris MOXOM - says crowds get serious; wouldn't hesitate to use rocks and sticks.] [SLESNICK - says US encouraging blackmail by paying it.]
REPORTER: Ed Rabel
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