CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 14, 1974
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(Studio) Search for MIAs causes difficulties between some families and United States government
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Chicago, Illinois) Stories of MIAs, 1st Lieutenant George MacDonald and Staff Sgt Rick Maderas given. Reverend Paul Lindstrom claims United States has abandoned hundreds of men in S.E. Asia to maintain detente with area. Lindstrom and MIA's mother Mrs. Jean MacDonald claim to have seen picture of Mrs. MacDonald's son. [Jean MacDONALD - says Communist spns. offered to give letter and other personal items from her son for a specified amount of money. Discusses her reaction.] [LINDSTROM - says information from Communist spokesperson could be used to pressure United States into revealing truth about MIAs.] [MIA (missing in action) affairs officer Frank SIEVERT - says possibility of hoax exists.] Rick Maderas mother, Mrs. Phyllis Melin never believed body returned to United States was her son. Mrs. Melin hired detective Ted Grevers to search for her son in S.E. Asia. [GREVERS - believes Communists holding thousands of Americans and are willing to trade men for money; describes such an encounter.] [Frank SIEVERT - questions authenticity of Maderas case.] Communists seal territory against US search teams for American men.
REPORTER: Randy Daniels