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Vietnam / POW's #25084

ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 26, 1973
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(Studio) Four-day impasse over last American prisoners of war release ends. Communists agree to release 9 American POW's captured in Laos. All POW's to be freed by Thursday 32 POW's held by Viet Cong to be released Tuesday Wednesday Laos POW's plus 40 more POW's will be freed in North Vietnam. Last 67 Americans to be released Thursday. Nixon orders Defense Secretary Elliot Richardson to complete United States troop withdrawal from Vietnam.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Capitol Hill) [RICHARDSON - says release POW's a tribute to American negotiators, include Ambassador Bunker, General Weyand, General Woodward and support received by Nixon and American people.] Despite end of war Richardson and head Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Thomas Moorer request Senate appropriations committee supply Defense Department with $83.5 billion for 1974.
REPORTER: Bill Zimmerman

(Studio) Saigon government frees major political prisoner Truong Dinh Dzu. Dzu ran second to President Thieu in `67 elections. Dzu jailed for advocating neutrality.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reasoner, Harry;
Zimmerman, Bill

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