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Vietnam / POW's #227161

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 15, 1973
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(Studio) At news conference in Philippines, ex-POW Colonel Robinson Risner asked about antiwar statements he was said to have made while a prisoner.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Clark AFB, Philippines) [RISNER - says always supported President and cntry. Says POW's developed deep feeling of comradeship among each other.] [Colonel Howard DUNN - says is ready to start flying again.] [RISNER - says POW's not aware of antiwar movement. United States is free country and different views to be expected on all issues.]

(Studio) Pentagon does not plan to bring charges against any former POW's for anything they said or did in captivity. POW's arriving now at home towns around country
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Scott AFB, Illinois) sergeant William Robertson, prisoners of war since 1965, arrives Scott AFB. Kisses all women present enthusiastically.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite (narrates)

(Travis AFB, California) 40 more POW's arrive US. [Colonel Lawrence GUARINO - says everybody in country seems happy, and that's what matters.] [POW wife Helen BRUNSTROM - says husband told her to put clothes he had as prisoners of war away.] Wives say husbands want most to hear about families; don't want to talk about captivity.
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater

(Studio) Civilian former prisoners of war who went to Saigon after being released returns US. Richard Waldhaus first went to Saigon to find girl friend. After mtg. with girl friend Waldhaus returns United States alone. Meanwhile in South Vietnam more Communist POW's released.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Quang Tri, South Vietnam) Communist POW's at first refuse to cross river to North Vietnam in boats flying South Vietnam flag. Viet Cong member Joint Mil. Commission convinces them to do so. POW's shed South Vietnam prisoners of war clothes and unfurl North Vietnam banners. North Vietnam soldiers and nurses greet them on other side of river. POW's given new clothes and cigarettes.
REPORTER: Foster Davis

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Davis, Foster;
Drinkwater, Terry
Duration:
00:07:40

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