CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 10, 1972
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(Studio) American planes fly deep into North Vietnam, attacking towns and rail lines. Hanoi, Haiphong, Yen Bai hit. Jets strike within 80 mile of China. United States claims military targets hit; North Vietnam says civilian centers hit. 7th fleet ships in Gulf of Tonkin bombard Haiphong. United States Phantom jets duel Russian-built North Vietnam MiGs. United States reports 7 MiGs shot down; North Vietnam claims 16 Phantoms downed, pilots captured, 2 United States destroyers set afire by shore batteries. Mines in 7 North Vietnam ports scheduled to become active tomorrow.
REPORTER: Charles Kuralt
(Pentagon) [Secretary Defense Melvin LAIRD - says Russian nine sweepers have not been sent. Says ship movement limited to port area, with no massive movement noted. Says United States will stop delivery of supplies to North Vietnam by taking necessary action.] Soviet claim 2 Russian ships attacked in Haiphong Harbor; United States says they could have been hit in retaliation for firing on United States planes mining harbors.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
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