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Vietnam / Blockade-Rail, Air #222929

CBS Evening News for Friday, May 12, 1972
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(Studio) American pilots knock out bridge, severing North Vietnam's rail link with China. 2-man crew of Navy plane shoots down 3rd, 4th, and 5th MiGs of Vietnam war, making them 1st American aces of current conflict. Lieutenant Randy Cunningham and Lieutenant JG William Driscoll were shot down themselves, but were rescued in Gulf of Tonkin.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Aircraft Carrier Constellation, Tonkin Gulf) [CUNNINGHAM - says there were MiGs all over. Says his kills were made by taking advantage of errors made by enemy pilots.] [Lieutenant Matt CONNELLEY - says North Vietnam pilots are good-as Vince Lombardi said, never bad mouth the opposition.]

Cronkite, Walter

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