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Mayaguez Seizure / American Military Action / Reaction #239960

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 14, 1975
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(Studio) United States war planes sink 3 Cambodian gunboats in Gulf of Thailand; attack ordered to prevent crew members from being removed from captured United States ship, Mayaguez. Air strikes occur as more than 1000 Marines arrive in Thailand; Thai government protests Marines' arrival and sinking of Cambodian gunboats.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Pentagon) [Defense Department spokesperson Joseph LAITIN - announces United States military action; explains circumstances leading up to attack.] At least 3 types of US aircraft took part in attack; details given. Destroyer and aircraft carrier on its way to area. Defense Department film shown. Pentagon sources predict more military action upcoming unless Khmer Rouge Communists release Mayaguez and crew swiftly.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

(White House) Once President Ford decided to use military action, congress leaders advised of President' intent; leaders not asked for advice. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, President Ford and National Security Council meet several times to discuss situation.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(Studio) On Capitol Hill, Democrats complain President didn't truly consult with Congress before taking military action.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Capitol Hill) [Representative Charles WILSON - thinks military action needed; United States can't allow its vessels to be tampered with on high seas.] [Representative John RHODES - approves action because diplomacy didn't work.] [Senator Henry JACKSON - hopes President' action didn't result in loss of American life.] [Senator John TOWER - supports President completely.] [Senator Jacob JAVITS - thinks President' move right, as commander in chief.] [Senator George McGOVERN - believes military action came too fast.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously passes resolution of support for President' diplomatic efforts to free ship and crew; gives limited support to mil. action taken by President Democrat and Republican congress leaders to meet with President tonight.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

Jones, Phil;
Pappas, Ike;
Schieffer, Bob

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