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POWs Freed #224888

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 20, 1972
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(Studio) 3 freed POWs may leave Hanoi in 48 hrs. POWs, relatives, United States peace activists tour Hanoi.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Hanoi, North Vietnam) As penance, Mrs. Olga Charles, Mrs. Minnie Lee Gartley, tour destroyed bldgs. in Hanoi, include apt.house , 8th of March textile building, bombed in June, July. Hospital narrowly misses being bombed, some casualties. [Tour filmed.] Reporter seeks impressions. [Mrs. CHARLES - hopes United States will be correctly informed about citizen casualties.] [Mrs. GARTLEY - laments irony of American humanitarian impulse in contrast with this senseless destruction. Hopes that attendant publicity does not distort truth.] Alleged United States antipersonnel bombs described by North Vietnam. [Release ceremony filmed.] [Lieutenant Edward ELIAS - thanks ARVN for release, treatment; disappointed that own family did not come; hopes release presages war's end, release of all prisoners.] [Lieutenant junior grade Norris CHARLES - thanks North Vietnam for humane treatment; generosity; hopes for war's end; all POWs reunited with families.] [Lieutenant junior grade Edward GARTLEY - elated at freedom; says continuing war extends suffering of Vietnam people, dissension in US, results in more POWs, delay of return of present POWs. Promises effort for prisoners of war release.] [Mrs. CHARLES - comments: "Too beautiful for words."] POWs will see countryside scarred by United States bombs. Reporter says POWs, families mean more than they say. Norris Charles quoted with regard to sermon he preached on Sunday in detention camp, with conclusion "God is dying."

(Studio) Destination of prisoners of war entourage unknown. Stop scheduled at Vientiane, Laos, where United States officials may try to persuade POWs to leave plane. Indications are that this stop won't be made, and flight will go on to Moscow, so United States officials can't get their hands on the men until after that.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Hart, John

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