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South Vietnam Situation / Refugees / Thieu / United States Marines / United States Military Aid #239404

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 01, 1975
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(Studio) South Vietnam government abandons 3 more provincial capitals - Qui Nhon, Tuy Hoa, and Nha Trang. North Vietnam now have control of 2/3 South Vietnam. Before capture of Nha Trang, civil disorder and panic swept city much as it did at Danang. American consulate evacuated; records burned before departure. Thousands of refugees believed Nha Trang to be safe haven; most refugees unable to escape Nha Trang before Communists take over. Following film horrific and graphic as it deals with deaths of children.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Saigon, South Vietnam) People in Nha Trang desperate to leave city and head for Saigon. Refugees aboard Danang evacuation ship shown; refugees had hoped to find safety in Nha Trang. More than 100 people, mostly children, died during 3-day voyage from Danang to Nha Trang of hunger, thirst and exposure. Horror stories of South Vietnam soldiers fighting with civilians to get on evacuation boat recounted.
REPORTER: Bruce Dunning

(Studio) Saigon only major South Vietnam city controlled by government Pol. pressure mounting against President Thieu.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Buddhist monks try to hold demonstration, calling for removal of Thieu from office. Demonstration stopped by police this time, but confrontation seems certain.
REPORTER: Peter Collins

(Studio) Pentagon orders 700 Marines to waters off South Vietnam coast to protect US Navy ships evacuating civilian refugees. Meanwhile Air Force transport plane lands in Saigon as part of limited United States effort to resupply South Vietnam army. In DC, Assistant Secretary of State Philip Habib says administration to seek even more money for South East Asia than 1st requested.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [HABIB - says massive funds needed for care, shelter, feeding and relocation of refugees. Requirements for resources probably to be greater than anticipated.] [Senator Birch BAYH - says it would be foolish to give South Vietnam more military aid.] American officials don't really expect Congress to approve large sums of money, but administration wants public record to read it asked for help and Congress refused.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

Reporter(s):
Collins, Peter;
Cronkite, Walter;
Dunning, Bruce;
Kalb, Marvin
Duration:
00:08:00

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