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Mayaguez Seizure / American Military Action / Reaction #37143

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 14, 1975
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(Studio) When diplomatic efforts fail to secure release of Cambodian-seized American ship Mayaguez and its crew, military action taken. United States planes attack gunboats guarding Mayaguez; at least 3 Cambodian ships destroyed.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Pentagon) United States attack comes as Cambodians seemingly prepare to move crew off Mayaguez and Koh Tang island 1 Cambodian boat makes it back to Kompong Som harbor without being attacked; United States feared some captured crew mbrs. might be aboard. Aircraft carriers and destroyers heading for Gulf of Siam; reinforced Marine battalion landing team of 1200 men in Thailand and men are ready to move any time. Options open to Marines include landing on Koh Tang island and on deck of Mayaguez.
REPORTER: Frank Tomlinson

(DC) National Security Council meets. [Secretary of State Henry KISSINGER - says American mil. used to keep Mayaguez crew from being moved. Evades most other questions.] Press Secretary Ron Nessen unable to confirm safety of American crew.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(White House) President Ford feels he has authority to use any military action necessary to recover our merchant ship and crew. White House aides go through motions of notifying key congress figures of President' decision to use air strikes. According to White House,

Koppel, Ted;
Reasoner, Harry;
Tomlinson, Frank

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