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(Studio) Today big day in life of Robert A. Johnson.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) Bob Johnson graduates with West Point classmates. Johnson 1st black ever elected captain of West Point football team; year ago, tumor in right arm diagnosed as cancer. Johnson returned to school in fall of `74 ready to resign, but teammates refused; insisted he continue as nonplaying capt. Army officials said Johnson wouldn't likely serve in infantry because of cancer. President Ford accepted Johnson's invitation to give graduation address this year Not only did Johnson receive diploma, he was commissioned for service in infantry.
REPORTER: David Culhane
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Culhane, David
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