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Laos / South Vietnam Attack / United States Involvement / North Vietnam Attacks #214979

CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 19, 1971
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(Studio) 1st major battle of Laos Operation at South Vietnam artillery base in Laos; medical copters and reinforcements unable to reach base yet. 4 United States copters shot down; 26 shot down since start of operation.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Quang Tri, South Vietnam) 6 United States GIs due at Quang Tri Hospital; United States helicopter pilots angry because South Vietnam rescue pilots refuse missions in dangerous areas. [1st Lieutenant Timothy McCUE - describes being wounded in ambush.] [2nd Lieutenant John DEWING - says important to recover bodies of dead GIs despite risks.] South Vietnam baby examined at hospital.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Studio) South Vietnam encounter Soviet made tanks in Laos.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Laos) North Vietnam attacks with Soviet tanks; South Vietnam destroys or captures 8 tanks; Soviet tanks identified as PT-76's; no South Vietnam tank losses reported United States copters join tank battle.
REPORTER: Jed Duvall

(Studio) North Vietnam forces overrun 2 Laos outposts near Long Cheng, Laos; renew shelling of CIA base at Long Cheng.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Dean, Morton;
Duvall, Jed

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