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Mayaguez Incident / Casualty Figures #240023

CBS Evening News for Monday, May 19, 1975
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(Studio) 5 days after Mayaguez incident, United States still doesn't know how many men lost during rescue mission.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Pentagon's latest casualty figures include 49 wounded, 16 missing, 5 dead. 3 confirmed dead identified as 2nd Lieutenant Richard Vandegeer; S/sergeant Elwood Rumbaugh, Lance Corporal Ashton Loney. President Ford and others concerned about Pentagon's slowness in releasing figures. [Pentagon spokesperson Joseph LAITIN says Pentagon trying to get casualty figures as fast as humanly possible.] Body of least 1 Marine killed in action left behind on Tang Island because of heavy gunfire. 2 Marines killed in attack on Saigon's Ton Son Nhut airport during its final days also left behind. US negotiating return of bodies from South Vietnam and from Koh Tang Island
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

(Studio) Commander of Marine assault force on Tang Island recounts what happened.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Philippines) [Lieutenant Colonel Randall West AUSTIN - describes battle on Tang Island] About 210 Marines involved in Tang Island battle; 2 wounded Marines at press conference [sergeant Victor G. SALINAS - describes helicopter crash just before landing on Tang Island] [Major General Kenneth HOUGHTON - thinks Marines efforts in Mayaguez rescue positively affected morale.] After news conf. Major General Houghton presents Purple Hearts to 2 wounded enlisted men.
REPORTER: Keith Kay

Reporter(s):
Kay, Keith;
Mudd, Roger;
Pappas, Ike
Duration:
00:04:20

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