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My Lai / Mitchell / Background #3613

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 31, 1969
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(Studio) Army orders court-martial of Staff sergeant David Mitchell, for intent to murder 30 Vietnam civilians. 2nd military trial with regard to My Lai. Report on hometown.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Saint Francisville, LA) Home shown where Mitchell grew up with 14 brothers and sisters. His father minister at church next door. He graduated from Dawson HS, segregated school. [Principal Thomas DAWSON - calls Mitchell C+ student. Had no disciplinary problems and did things willingly.] Army offers good opportunities for poor black from small town.
REPORTER: Charles Murphy

(Studio) Defense Department investigators tour My Lai area. Witness testifies in DC hearing.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Murphy, Charles;
Smith, Howard K.

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