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Vietnam / POW's #227121

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 13, 1973
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(Studio) North Vietnam announces will release 20 more American POW's within few days. Pentagon spokesperson Jerry Friedheim suggests this may be good will gesture for Henry Kissinger who has been visiting Hanoi. At Clark AFB, Commander Brian Woods and Major Glen Perkins leave for United States before rest of released POW's. Mothers of both men seriously ill. Retired Admiral R. W.D. Woods, POW father, says emotions mixed. Has very ill wife but son coming home.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Clark AFB, Philippines) [WOODS - expresses pride in country and in President] [Pentagon Dr. Roger SHIELDS - says discipline and dignity helped POW's survive in North Vietnam. Most now in good health.] Freed POW's have excellent appetites. Can return United States soon. Some will collect as much as $100,000 in back pay.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin

(Studio) Associated Press reporter says some POW's tried to get a bus to go to night club but failed. As first 2 POW's return to US, flags flown at half-mast to mourn LBJ death will be raised to honor POW's.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
McLaughlin, Bill

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