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Vietnam / POW's Released #24446

ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 12, 1973
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(Studio) 143 American POW's released. 116 released from Hanoi; 27 freed by Viet Cong in South Vietnam. All but 1 flown to Clark Air Force Base in Philippines. 1 remains in Saigon for personal reasons.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Hanoi, North Vietnam) POW's include Navy Lieutenant Commander Everett Alvarez, shot down in August, 1964. Most POW's in good health. All happy to be free.
REPORTER: Lem Tucker (US Air Force film)

(Studio) POW's expected to be back in United States Thursday POW's released by Viet Cong only after 11 hour delay over Communist prisoners of war release.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Complications in prisoners of war release reflect fact that South Vietnam and VC still at war, even if United States isn't. Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker and others await POW release. Finally after hrs. of waiting POW's delivered.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel (US Air Force film)

(Studio) Mood very happy at Clark AFB.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Clark AFB, Philippines) [Captain Jeremiah DENTON - says grateful for release. Crowds line route of POW's from airport to hospital. [Colonel Robinson RISNER - thanks President and people for helping free POW's.] POW's released from Viet Cong in noticeably worse condition than those from Hanoi. POW's now celebrating and eating steak at Clark AFB.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) 341 American POW's remain in North Vietnam, 72 in South Vietnam held by VC, and 7 in Laos. These will be released in 3 groups at 2 week intervals.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Jennings, Peter;
Koppel, Ted;
Reasoner, Harry;
Smith, Howard K.;
Tucker, Lem

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