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South Vietnam / Government Withdrawal On All Fronts #36327

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 20, 1975
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(Studio) Reports of new South Vietnam government withdrawals continue to flow into Saigon. 8 provinces abandoned or are in process of being abandoned. Hue in province of Thua Thien reported to be ghost town. 5 more provinces in danger of collapse.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Tay Ninh, Saigon road) North Vietnam pressuring government troops to pull back on every front. Thousands of refugees streaming out of Tay Ninh. President Thieu can't take these losses, militarily or politically, much longer.
REPORTER: Jim Giggans

(Studio) In some areas further north, Communists appear to be aiding withdrawal, but in other sections, Communists rptdly. harass troops and refugees. Refugee exodus conts. from 3 central highlands provinces abandoned by South Vietnam government earlier in week
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Thousands of refugees trying to reach coastal enclaves after abandoning their homes in central highlands.
REPORTER: Frank Mariano

(Studio) Defense Secretary James Schlesinger says scope of present North Vietnam offensive was surprise.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Schlesinger says he didn't expect North Vietnam to make its move till 1976. [SCHLESINGER - places blame for South Vietnam troubles squarely on Congress for not providing enough aid.] South Vietnam President Thieu's position still stable, according to Defense Secretary It s reasonable to assume North Vietnam to try and take Saigon at some point.
REPORTER: Frank Tomlinson

Giggans, Jim;
Mariano, Frank;
Reasoner, Harry;
Tomlinson, Frank

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