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South Vietnam / American Evacuation #239545

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 17, 1975
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(Studio) With Cambodian fall complete, attention turns to American evacuation from Saigon, South Vietnam.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Saigon, South Vietnam) United States embassy says 1500 Americans have left in past 2 weeks Most leaving are government officials or contract employees of US. Except in special cases, Vietnam government refuses to issue passports or exit visas to its citizens; "special cases" must only offer bribe to get out of country US embassy trying to avoid panic, yet carry out President Ford's instructions to reduce manpower; Vietnam working for Americans asked to fill out forms listing their dependents; move irritates South Vietnam government Embassy given no firm guidelines to deal with situation.
REPORTER: Bill Plante

(Studio) New York Representative Stephen Solarz says Viet Cong spokesperson in Paris assures him Communists won't interfere with evacuation of Americans and Vietnam ntlists. from Saigon.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Plante, Bill

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