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Danang Refugees / Sea Horrors / Saigon Refugees / Peace Talks #36490

ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 31, 1975
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(Studio) United States attempts at refugee sea lift out of Danang, South Vietnam, given up. Around 50,000 people escaped Danang before city fell to Communists; 1 1/2 million refugees not so lucky. Refugees recount horror stories of trip aboard ship from Danang to Cam Ranh Bay.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam) Refugees claim South Vietnam soldiers took over ship outside Danang and robbed, raped and shot persons aboard boat indiscriminately. Several refugees travel to Nha Trang in ABC press van and relate story after story of horrors; details given.
REPORTER: Ken Kashiwahara

(Nha Trang, South Vietnam) 1 woman says she would have stayed in Danang if she had known what would happen on ship.
REPORTER: Ken Kashiwahara

(Studio) Reports of panic in Nha Trang and Qui Nhon increase amid rumors that North Vietnam advancing quickly. Defense Secretary James Schlesinger expects further withdrawals by government army; looks for Communists to make major push in next 2 mos. to capture Saigon. In Saigon, officials at American embassy say wives and children of some embassy staff members have already left South Vietnam. No. of Vietnam seeking safety in Saigon on increase
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Nearly 2800 persons arrive by boat in Saigon today. Tragic personal story of grandmother and granddaughter from Quang Tri related; ABC helps reunite them with family in Saigon.
REPORTER: Jim Bennett

(Studio) Hanoi radio says Viet Cong ready to hold talks with Saigon government excluding President Thieu and abiding by Paris peace agreement. Broadcast calls for overthrow of Thieu regime.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Bennett, Jim;
Kashiwahara, Ken;
Reasoner, Harry;
Smith, Howard K.

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