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South Vietnam Situation / Refugees #239296

CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 31, 1975
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(Studio) Thousands of refugees scramble to escape Communist-captured Danang on US sea lift. Many drowned trying to reach evacuation ships; sea lift halted because of Communist shelling. Horror stories of South Vietnam soldiers molesting and killing refugees on evacuation boats recounted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Some refugees on boat refuse to disembark at Nha Trang, hoping to receive passage to Saigon, but government limits number of refugees allowed in capital. Nha Trang not considered safe; North Vietnam rptdly. advancing on city.
REPORTER: Bruce Dunning

(Studio) United States agency for international development to begin new evacuation of refugees from Qui Nhon, but unconfirmed reports say city already captured by Communists Civil disorder reported in Nha Trang. Communists threaten Tay Ninh Province on Cambodian border because of proximity to Saigon.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Govt. troops moving into Tay Ninh to thwart expected Communist offensive. Soldiers charged with defending Tay Ninh part of 25th infantry division; division's commander has strong views about collapse of government forces in central and north provinces. Commander believes strongly in leadership and staying up front with troops. In Bien Hoa, trench being dug in hopes of stopping Communist tanks.
REPORTER: Peter Collins

(Studio) Officials at Pentagon taking another look at South Vietnam's military situation.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Pentagon figures show refugee situation in South Vietnam worse than previously believed. Breakdown of refugee figures given. [Defense Secretary James SCHLESINGER - predicts further government withdrawals and upcoming Communist offensive on Saigon.] Millions of dollars worth of United States equipment abandoned by South Vietnam troops during retreat.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

(Studio) Some American dependents in Saigon rptdly. being evacuated from capital. Communist advance prompts United States to remove highly radioactive fuel from American-supplied reactor in Dalat, South Vietnam. Viet Cong offer to hold peace talks with Saigon government; details given.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Collins, Peter;
Cronkite, Walter;
Dunning, Bruce;
Pappas, Ike

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