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Vietnam War / Air War #214519

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 23, 1971
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(Studio) Series conts. with carriers at sea featured.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(USS Constellation) 10th anniversary of ship celebrated with steak cook-out. Air war resumes next day. Navy role declined. 3 carriers in force, 40% reduction. [Rear Admiral James RAMAGE - says tempo of operations cut.] North Vietnam formerly main target. North Vietnam start to fight back along Ho Chi Minh trail. North Vietnam anti-aircraft activity believed sign of Navy success. [Lieutenant Dave LICHTERMANN, Lieutenant Al JUNKER - tells of North Vietnam response to air war.] Deadly activity noted.
REPORTER: Bill Plante

(Tan Son Nhut AFB, Saigon, South Vietnam) Decline in activity noted. Air war shifted to Thailand bases. South Vietnam involvement in air war grows. A-37 jet fighters given to South Vietnam air force. Vietnam sorties estimated. Defense Department film of bombing shown.]
REPORTER: Don Webster

Cronkite, Walter;
Plante, Bill;
Webster, Don

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