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Laos Operation / Aftermath #215752

CBS Evening News for Saturday, Mar 27, 1971
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(Studio) United States B-52 bombers increase strikes against Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos due to increase in enemy supply traffic; United States forces withdraw from bases in North South Vietnam.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Pentagon officials say United States not participating in future operations equivalent to Laos; Defense Secretary Laird said: never excited about operation, even less so now; officials disappointed South Vietnam didn't send reinforcements to confront enemy; say enemy suffered heavy casualties; operation probably prevented enemy offensive this summer.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Platoons refusing orders last week, now involved in heavy fighting.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Near Khe Sanh, South Vietnam) 4 from company refusing orders last week killed in ambush last night; film shows company advancing down road, United States jets bombing enemy positions. [Pfc. Gordon KIDA - says men refusing orders on Highway 9, exhausted from constant fighting.] [Sp. George CAHILL - says equipment wearing out with nothing to replace it.] Company able to find only 3 of 6 GIs believed killed; continuation looking for others.
REPORTER: Jeff Williams

Mudd, Roger;
Schieffer, Bob;
Williams, Jeff

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