ABC Evening News for Friday, Sep 29, 1972
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(Studio) 3 American prisoners of war pilots released by North Vietnam now in military hospitals. See families, to hold news conferences when they choose.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(NYC) POW's land in New York City dressed in uniforms. Antiwar escort group claims pilots being incarcerated in military hospitals. [POW mother, Mrs. Minnie L. GARTLEY - disclaims charge her son is being held, says he will be given leave soon.] [POW father, Gerald GARTLEY - complains about having to wait to see son after plane landed while POW's conferred with military authorities.] [Minnie GARTLEY - says POW's refused military transport home because they didn't want to jeopardize any future prisoners of war releases.]
REPORTER: Gregory Jackson
(Pentagon) [Mil. Dr. Roger SHIELDS - defends military actions in regard to POW's, designed to help their rehabilitation.] Shields says 3 men willingly entered hospital and debriefing process.
REPORTER: David Schoumacher
(Studio) Released prisoners of war Lieutenant J. G. Markham Gartley interviewed en route home.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(En Rte. Denmark to US) [Mark GARTLEY - surprised at his release. Does not understand why he was chosen.]
REPORTER: Ted Koppel
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