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MIAs / House Report #243815

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 15, 1976
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(Studio) House committee concludes, in effect, all Americans listed as MIAs or POWs in Indochina must be presumed dead. Committee says no Americans still held prisoner and each case of MIA (missing in action) should be reviewed by Pentagon. Past experience in Vietnam and other wars shows such cases almost always end with man presumed dead.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Ldrs. of investigation are Mississippi Representative G. V. Montgomery and California Representative Paul McCloskey. [McCLOSKEY - says there's no evidence of any still living in Laos, Cambodia or Vietnam.] [MONTGOMERY - says some MIA's families will agree, some won't, but report will stand on own.] [McCLOSKEY - says families of these men must accept man died serving cntry.] Those who disagree with report, include 2 committee mbrs., say Hanoi should be pressed for information with regard to MIAs. Recommendations for future conflicts made by committee noted; 2 with regard to rescue force like 1 in raid on Sonte prison camp in North Vietnam and monument in Arlington (Virginia) National Cemetery commemorating all MIAs.
REPORTER: Jed Duvall

(Studio) Reaction to report mixed. [Ann GRIFFIThigh school - says uncertainty can be lived with if it's felt government trying, otherwise not.] Griffiths is National League of Families board member [Navy widow Mae Rose EVANS - says she has to accept husband as dead; he can't go on missing forever.]
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Duvall, Jed

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