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United States Involvement In Vietnam Over / American South Vietnam Evacuation #239742

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 29, 1975
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(Studio) United States involvement in Vietnam finally over. United States Marine copters evacuate more than 6000 persons from Saigon; American evacuation goes off without major problems. South Vietnam President Duong Van Minh ordered all Americans out of cntry. within 24 hrs.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) National Security Council met last night to discuss evacuation options. Last night, United States Defense Department attache in Saigon, General Homer Smith, messaged Admiral Noel Gayler that Ton Son Nhut airport still under attack. South Vietnam ambassador Graham Martin urges evacuation option #4 be used; involves helicopters and American soldiers. Hr. by hour description of evacuation process recounted. Defense Department film of aircraft carriers shown. By 3:12 p.m. today, evacuation nearly complete. Later in afternoon, President Ford announces evacuation over.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

(Studio) President makes final decision to evacuate Americans from Saigon.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(White House) White House photos show National Security Council meeting and other mtgs. with President that led up to President's order for American evacuation. Chronological order of events leading up to option 4 evacuation recounted. Some criticism comes from Capitol Hill that President waited too long to begin final evacuation. [Vice President Nelson ROCKEFELLER - disagrees; thinks President's decision made in best interest of cntry.] Mr. Ford to renew request to Congress for humanitarian aid.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) 74 South Vietnam planes land in Thailand with nearly 2000 servicemen and their families. Other South Vietnam servicemen and families commandeered helicopters; South Vietnam fly to South China Sea, ditch helicopters and wait to be picked up by American ships. Hundreds of other Vietnam flee country on small boats down Mekong River; hope to be picked up by American ships in open waters. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of South Vietnam fight to get inside United States embassy and get on American evacuation copters; Marines beat back Vietnam with pistol and rifle butts; evacuation buses mobbed. Throughout city, Vietnam loot abandoned American homes and businesses.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Pappas, Ike;
Rather, Dan;
Schieffer, Bob

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