CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jan 13, 1972
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(Studio) President Nixon announces withdrawal of 70,000 men from Vietnam by May 1; 69,000 remaining.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(White House) [NIXON - announces troop cut.] [Defense Secretary Melvin LAIRD - says residual force will remain in South Vietnam until P.O.W. question resolved. Criticizes Democrat President candidates advocating quicker withdrawals, who were silent during Democratic administration escalation.]
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint
(Phu Loi, South Vietnam) 128th assault helicopter company is standing down. [Company Commander, Captain Melvin HANDY - says deactivation of unit is like saying good-bye to a friend you'll never see again, but glad to be going home.] Most men and equipment will be dispersed to other units; though some will go home early. [Copter pilot, Lieutenant Jon BOYD - flew chopper which was shot down. Says South Vietnam troops aren't especially competent, especially under surprise attack, and afford little assistance.]
REPORTER: Bruce Dunning
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