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POWs Freed #22487

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 20, 1972
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(Studio) Propaganda maneuvering surrounds freeing of 3 United States POWs by North Vietnam. Will leave Hanoi Saturday, go, not to Vientiane, Laos, but possibly to Moscow, USSR , on USSR plane. Avoidance of United States diplomats at Vientiane implied. Japanese film of release obtained.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Hanoi, North Vietnam) Release ceremony formal. Front row accommodates United States peace activists, POWs, and prisoners of war families: Minnie Lee Gartley and Olga Charles. POWs, in civilian clothes, express hope of war's end. [Lieutenant Edward ELIAS - hopes this prisoners of war release presages war's end.] [Lieutenant Norris CHARLES - thanks North Vietnam for treatment, generosity.] [Lieutenant Markham GARTLEY - vows to work for release of all prisoners.] Lieutenant Charles speculates his being Negro helped his release. Gartley thinks his release may have been helped by his mother's picketing Congress and White House All 3 well, relaxed.
REPORTER: Steve Bell (Narrator)

Bell, Steve;
Smith, Howard K.

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