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South Vietnam / Communists Take More Land / Danang Refugees #239254

CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 28, 1975
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(Studio) Communist forces capture another province Lam Dong; Communists now control about 1/2 Vietnam's territory. Provincial capital Hoi An also captured; fear of Danang's capture increases Hundreds of thousands of refugees in Danang fighting to get out and reach safety. United States consulate forced to shut down; martial law declared. Riots break out at Danang airport; United States refugee airlifts suspended for day. Ed Daly, president of World Airways which operates airlift, discusses riot.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Danang, South Vietnam) [DALY - says refugees had to be beaten off once plane tried to take off; describes events in detail.]
REPORTER: Bruce Dunning

(Studio) United States Army chief of staff, Frederick Weyand, meets with South Vietnam President Thieu. Weyand in South Vietnam to assess military situation. South Vietnam government more and more worried about holding onto Danang.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Defense analysts believe there's little hope for holding Danang; reasons given. Between 20,000-30,000 South Vietnam soldiers deserted their units during last retreat. South Vietnam have destroyed or abandoned millions of dollars worth of United States equipment since retreat. United States already spending nearly 2 times as much to support South Vietnam army as USSR spending to aid North Vietnam.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

Cronkite, Walter;
Dunning, Bruce;
Pappas, Ike

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