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Vietnam / Bombing-French Mission #220181

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 11, 1972
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(Studio) American jets accidentally bomb French diplomatic mission in Hanoi, North Vietnam. Legation's chief envoy seriously wounded, others killed. French government protests action, President Pompidou calls it deplorable. Phantom F-4's said on mission to bomb military targets 3 mile from mission. United States command says damage may have been caused by North Vietnam antiaircraft missiles, but that possibility said remote. Secretary of State William Rogers expresses regrets without conceding United States blame.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Pentagon) [Defense Secretary Melvin LAIRD - says target was railroad yard 3 mile from French property. Refuses to state definitively that damage done by US bombs.]

(Studio) Canadian television reporter Michael Maclear says 3 American planes made a dozen passes over downtown Hanoi.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter

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