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Southeast Asia / MIAs (Part I) #301751

CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 11, 1985
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(Studio) Vietnam government reported allowing official United States inspection team to search remains of plane crash believed containing body of American MIA; Hanoi said also agreeing to return bodies of 5 Americans Separate search for missing US crew at Laotian crash site as well noted. No. Americans remaining MIA mentioned.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Crawford and Ruth Nelson noted believing Vietnam held remains of son Lieutenant Commander Richard Nelson since 1968 despite body's recent return to US. [Crawford NELSON - claims Vietnam had detailed information on son's death which they withheld from parents since 1968.] Belief that Vietnam has stockpiled United States remains noted supported by 1980 testimony of Vietnamese mortician. [1980, MORTICIAN - (thru translator) recalls number bodies he processed.] Apparent veracity of his account recalled. [Assistant secretary of defense Richard ARMITAGE - explains administration position.] Vietnam's stance outlined. [Vietnam MIA (missing in action) department spokesperson Cu Dihn BA - (thru translator) defs. Vietnam's efforts in locating MIAs.] [ARMITAGE - notes Vietnam's actions don't support rhetoric.] Irony in United States demand of Vietnam explained. [Vietnamese SOLDIER - (thru translator) feels United States imperialists are Vietnam's lasting enemy.] Hanoi war museum noted displaying personal effects of MIAs. [Casualty resolution center spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Joe HARVEY - explains locating MIA (missing in action) through museum display.] [Ruth NELSON - describes psychological impact of not knowing fate of loved ones.] Case of MIA Navy Lieutenant Gary Shanks detailed. [Vietnam REFUGEE - (thru translator) describes crash of United States plane.] No. graves or crash sites in Vietnam believed known due to refugees' accounts mentioned. [November 11, 1984, President REAGAN - asks Hanoi to return MIAs.] Issue of possible United States POWs remaining in Vietnam noted illustrated by Robert Garwood's return to US in 1979. [GARWOOD - denies being last alive prisoners of war in Vietnam.]
REPORTER: Wyatt Andrews

Andrews, Wyatt;
Rather, Dan

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