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Saigon Evacuation / Film #36965

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 30, 1975
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(Studio) Film of yesterday's emergency evacuation from Saigon follows.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Saigon, South Vietnam) United States Marine captain gives crisp orders with regard to evacuation of news reporters [CAPT. - briefly explains to ABC's Hilary Brown evacuation plan.] Things go smoothly till desperate South Vietnam families arrive, demanding evacuation with Americans [American evacuee Wally HENDRICKSON - says he tried to help evacuate a friend's South Vietnam widow, friends and family, but to no avail. Fears for their lives.] Ton Son Nhut airport still under attack as Americans arrive for departure during early hrs. of evacuation. Choppers rapidly fill with evacuees as Marines guard area around evacuation point.
REPORTER: Kevin Delaney

(USS Blue Ridge, South China Sea) Choppers land on USS carrier and evacuees file out of copters in daze. South Vietnam ambassador Graham Martin refuses to comment on situation once aboard carrier.
REPORTER: Kevin Delaney

(USS Blue Ridge) South Vietnam flee to American ships by every means of transport. Stolen South Vietnam choppers crash into sea all day long as occupants scramble out and swim to safety of United States ships. With some degree of luck, no one killed during panic flight out of South Vietnam.
REPORTER: Bill Milldyke

Delaney, Kevin;
Milldyke, Bill;
Reasoner, Harry

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