CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 19, 1971
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(Studio) Fire Base Pace under siege for 3 weeks Reconnaissance plane spots enemy force near camp. Air strike ensues; force turns out to be South Vietnam; 18 killed; report on unchanged area of South Vietnam.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Binh Dinh Province, South Vietnam) Binh Dinh reported least pacified of provinces. 1 million live here; 1/3 support Communists Viet Cong hamlet shown. Only women, children and elders sleep there at night. American combat troops left. New campaign begun to pacify area. Popular Forces don't guard area well. [Adviser Major Lee KLEESE - tells of Viet Cong retaliation due to 1 of Popular Forces killing a VC; Popular Forces will no longer fight VC. They accommodate VC. People insecure there.] Village headquarters shot up by VC shown. Not enough Popular Forces there. Hamlets nearby unprotected. VC held daily propaganda mtgs. there. [KLEESE - says men in field tired of war; don't care who wins.] Province needs total security or accommodation of VC.
REPORTER: Bill Plante
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