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Saigon / Final American Evacuation #36923

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 29, 1975
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(Studio) United States role in Vietnam ends with final evacuation of Americans from Saigon. 81 copters pick up remaining Americans and few South Vietnam. As Communists push closer into Saigon, government pleads fruitlessly for cease-fire and Vietnam desperately seek any means of escape.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Americans picked up on rooftops by United States copters. Frantic Vietnam besiege American embassy in effort to get out of Saigon. Further details of American evacuation recapped.
REPORTER: Derek Wilson (BBC) (audio report)

(Studio) United States Marines brought in to guard United States embassy forced to knock back South Vietnam trying to scale embassy wall. Decision to accelerate evacuation came after National Security Council meeting last night; President Ford gave order for final evacuation. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger briefs reporters on end of American presence in Vietnam.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(White House) [KISSINGER - says about 6500 evacuated from Saigon today. During entire evacuation, 2 United States Marines and 2 pilots killed. In all, 65,000 South Vietnam evacuated.] Kissinger states Russians helpful in final phase of evacuation, but doesn't elaborate. Outcome of Vietnam war to have consequences in many parts of world, but Kissinger believes they can be properly managed.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Studio) Generally, evacuation goes well, but there are few rough spots.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Evacuees now on American ships standing off South Vietnam coast. Defense Department film of USS Midway, Hancock, Enterprise shown. In 2 instances, fighter planes used to suppress gunfire during evacuation process. Details of deaths of 4 United States soldiers recounted. Defense Secretary James Schlesinger says United States involvement in Vietnam had purpose although it wasn't successful.
REPORTER: Frank Tomlinson

(Studio) Marines killed identified as Charles McMahan Junior and Darwin Judge.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Jarriel, Tom;
Reasoner, Harry;
Smith, Howard K.;
Tomlinson, Frank;
Wilson, Derek

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