CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 15, 1975
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(Studio) Mayaguez and its crew safe; 14-hr. battle between United States Marines and Cambodian troops over. At least 25 wounded in fighting; 1 dead; some may be missing.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(DC) Chronology of Mayaguez rescue follows. Yesterday at 5:15 p.m., US Marines leave Thailand for rescue mission. By 7:07 p.m. Cambodians broadcast message they're ready to release ship, but White House recs. message too late to call off operation. Marines land on Koh Tang island at 7:15 to search for Mayaguez crew members Copters come under heavy fire from Khmer Rouge troops. At 8:30, Marines board Mayaguez; no crew mbrs. found. At 10:23, small boat approaches destroyer Wilson with Mayaguez crew. American war planes attack airbase on Cambodia's mainland to keep air attack from being launched on Marines; 17 Cambodian planes destroyed. At 4:40 a.m. Mayaguez crew aboard ship and steaming under own power toward Thailand. Marines attempt to withdraw, but come under heavy fire from Communist troops. At 9:10 a.m., operation complete. Pentagon still refuses to discuss casualties.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas
(White House) White House photographs tell story of administration's concern re: Mayaguez incident. President hindered throughout crisis by failure of diplomatic efforts and failure to learn whereabouts of Mayaguez crew. [Last night, PRES. reports vessel recovered intact and entire crew rescued.] Early this morning, letter arrives on Capitol Hill, informing Congress of President' use of military forces. So far, telegram and telephone reaction heavily favors President' actions.
REPORTER: Phil Jones
(Studio) Congress reacts mostly with approval with regard to President' actions. 1 of few criticisms comes from Senator George McGovern.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
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