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Saigon / Military Developments / Communist Attack Begins #239722

CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 28, 1975
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(Studio) What may be final battle for Saigon begins. Communist ground forces attack Ton Son Nhut airport. CBS's Far Eastern bureau chief Brian Ellis believes Communist objective is to close airport and stop evacuations of Americans and South Vietnam.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Several fires burning at Ton Son Nhut; United States embassy complex at airport on fire; report on casualties still vague.
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld (audio report)

(Studio) As dawn breaks over Saigon, Peter Collins reports sighting 8 major fires. South Vietnam plane crashes after being hit by North Vietnam surface to air missile. Communist attacks come within hrs. after new South Vietnam President Duong Van Minh proposes cease-fire.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Minh announces release of all political prisoners; calls on South Vietnam not to evacuate country In practical terms, war over and Communists are victors.
REPORTER: Peter Collins

(Studio) South Vietnam war plane attacks Ton Son Nhut airport; disgruntled South Vietnam pilot leads attack. Every major road into and out of country controlled by Communists Communist suicide squads attack large US-built port facility on Saigon River.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Squads set off explosions at port facility; North Vietnam and Saigon airborne fight all day for control of facility. Combat closer to Saigon now than in past 7 years Saigon itself tries to ignore fighting; normalcy is byword.
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld

(Bangkok, Thailand) Hundreds of Vietnam move into deserted United States commissary in Saigon to take their pick of spoils of war. Canadian Broadcasting Corp. cameraman Ian Wilson films looters for nearly an hour Some looters South Vietnam troops. Finally, truckload of military police restore some semblance of order.
REPORTER: Bill Plante (narrates)

(Studio) Unconfirmed reports just in say 2 United States Marines, guarding entrance to US Defense attache's office at Ton Son Nhut airport, killed during latest attack.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Collins, Peter;
Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan;
Threlkeld, Richard

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