CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 07, 1972
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(Studio) North Vietnam opens new front in Mekong Delta, South Vietnam. 15 mile north of Saigon on Highway 13, enemy rockets hit Phu Cuong. An Loc and Quan Loi under siege. Refugees and American advisers evacuated from An Loc by copter. Near Cambodia, Loc Ninh and F.B. Hung Tau fall to North Vietnam and Viet Cong attack. In Saigon, curfew extended; President Thieu meets with United States Ambassador Bunker and General Creighton Abrams. Troops pulled from Saigon to protect other areas leave capital almost defenseless. 40,000 enemy troops said massed across Cambodian border. Hundreds of United States jets bomb enemy targets north and south of DMZ; and bridge over river in DMZ (demilitarized zone) destroyed. Constellation joins 3 other aircraft carriers in Gulf of Tonkin; 5 destroyers train guns on land targets. Destroyer Lloyd Thomas hit by enemy artillery and machine gun fire; 3 sailors injured. North Vietnam claims to have shot down 3 more United States aircraft (13 in 2 days); United States says 3 downed since yesterday, 10 since Friday Newsmen see United States plane shot down over Quang Tri by SAM. Fighting rages in Quang Tri city, Hue, and Dong Ha.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Dong Ha, South Vietnam) Fire fight near Dong Ha reported South Vietnam tanks defend city.
REPORTER: Don Webster
(Dong Ha, South Vietnam) Machine gun fire directed toward mortar tubes, but fails to knock them out entirely. 5 newsmen, 3 American advisers, and 12 South Vietnam injured in mortar barrage. Injured evacuated by armored trucks. Rocket attack follows mortars. 500 pound bomb mistakenly dropped on Dong Ha by allied plane.
REPORTER: Bob Simon
(DC) [Defense Secretary Melvin LAIRD - says United States will continue to bomb military targets in and near DMZ (demilitarized zone) until enemy withdraws into North Vietnam and shows willingness to negotiate seriously in Paris.]
REPORTER: Nelson Benton
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