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Vietnam Wary United States Copter Losses / Copter Volunteers #216629

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 09, 1971
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(Studio) Total GI deaths for Vietnam War surpasses figure for Korean War; 54,246 killed in Korea, 54,284 in Vietnam. United States Copter losses in Indochina rptdly. greater than admitted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Salvageable copters not reported as shot down in official figures; 103 copters destroyed in Laos Operation, 500 shot down; of total salvaged 200 unrepairable.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Some United States helicopter pilots volunteering for extra tour of duty.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Near Khe Sanh, South Vietnam) 5th Cavalry Charlie Horse Unit made up of volunteers. [Captain Jimmy JACKSON - says someone has to do job.] [WO Randy FISHER - believes helping and doing something worthwhile.] Film shows GIs initiating new recruits into unit, rescue of downed copters. [Captain Kenneth GINGRASS - says can't worry too much about being killed, won't be able to do job then.] Film shows helicopter mission; attack against enemy; chapel ceremony for those recently killed.
REPORTER: Jed Duvall

(Studio) Lieutenant Brian Thacker returns to Fire Base No. 6 after 9 days in surrounding jungle; enemy siege of base conts. for 10th day.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Duvall, Jed;
Schieffer, Bob

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