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Vietnam / American Prisoners of War Reunion / Vietnam-China, PR Relations #258053

CBS Evening News for Sunday, May 28, 1978
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(Studio) Report on gathering of former Vietnam POW's in Los Angeles and their visit to Richard Nixon as guests at San Clemente.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Los Angeles, California) Details given about prisoners of war reunion. [Navy Captain Richard STRATTON - talks with group about property taxes.] prisoners of war agreement that readjustment was easier than they'd expected mentioned. [Navy Commander John McCAIN - says they've sometimes been embarrassed by attention they've recd. Notes studies indicate they've readjusted well.] Details of POW's present lives given, include that of Commander Everett Alvarez, who was 1st American taken prisoner in North Vietnam. View of many POW's that it was Richard Nixon's stepped-up bombing that forced North Vietnam to release them in 1973 stated. Nixon's invitation to group for reception at San Clemente and his comments there reported [NIXON - wants all Americans to know that these men have left legacy that will inspire Americans for years Thanks them.] Presentation of painting to Nixon by group noted. Ronald Reagan's scheduled address to group mentioned.
REPORTER: Harold Dow

(Studio) China (PR) recent chgs. against Vietnam for maltreatment of Chinese living there noted. Exodus of many Chinese from Vietnam reported.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Hong Kong) China's proposal to Vietnam for evacuating Chinese from cntry. detailed; plan would include Chinese ships going into harbors at Haiphong and Ho Chi Minh City. Canton television film shown. Details of issue between China and Vietnam and about response of Vietnam to proposed evacuation given. New China News Agency's renewal of evacuation request reported.
REPORTER: Barry Kalb

Dean, Morton;
Dow, Harold;
Kalb, Barry

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