ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 15, 1975
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(Studio) Mayaguez incident over. With 39-member crew safely aboard, ship steaming toward Singapore under own power. After Cambodians surrendered ship and crew, United States fought for hrs. to secure release of United States Marines that had landed on Koh Tang island during Mayaguez rescue.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Pentagon) Defense Department photos shown. As Marines land on Koh Tang island, Khmer Rouge troops pepper United States copters with small arms fire; Marines meet stiff resistance from Communists At least 3 copters shot down; tentative figures show 1 Marine killed and 30 or more wounded; 20 men still unacctd. for. Pentagon considers operation complete success. Secretary Defense James Schlesinger's remarks with regard to incident revealed.
REPORTER: Frank Tomlinson
(Studio) Chronology of events of past 24 hrs. recapped.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) White House photographs follow events of historical hrs. Yesterday afternoon during National Security Council meeting, President Ford decides to use mil. force to get Mayaguez and crew back. President meets with congress leaders to inform them of his decision and let them know operation underway. At 7:07 p.m. EDT, Phnom Penh broadcast says Mayaguez to be released next Monday; US Marines already on their way to retake ship. First, Marines land on Koh Tang at 7:20 p.m. EDT. At 8:20 pm., destroyer Holt moves alongside Mayaguez and Marines board ship;