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Vietnam / Offensive #222957

CBS Evening News for Monday, May 15, 1972
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(Studio) Govt. forces, with American air support, recapture Fire Base Bastogne near Hue, South Vietnam. South Vietnam raiders air lifted behind enemy lines.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Hue, South Vietnam) South Vietnam's counteroffensive north of Hue successful. South Vietnam Marines flown in by American copters for brief confrontation. They killed 250 North Vietnam soldiers, destroyed several tanks, sent regiment hiding or retreating north 60 government troops killed or wounded. [Captain Phil MORTON - says South Vietnam called in air strikes which destroyed tanks and guns.] [Major James BEAN - says attack throws North Vietnam off balance, and boosts South Vietnam morale.]
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld

(Studio) 3 more United States planes lost over North Vietnam; 6 crewmen missing. Since enemy offensive began, 142 Americans killed or missing in air losses. Vietnamization proceeds as United States Air Force Base at Cam Ranh Bay turned over to South Vietnam. 400 Americans withdrawn from South Vietnam last week More United States ships reported in Vietnam waters.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Threlkeld, Richard

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