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Mayaguez / More Details / President Reacts #37183

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 16, 1975
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(Studio) Pentagon reveals more details of Mayaguez incident.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) As USS Holt towed away Mayaguez during rescue mission, United States Marines landed on Koh Tang island, meeting stiff resistance from Khmer Rouge troops. US loses 3 copters in attack. Pentagon's unofficial casualty list incls. 1 killed, 13 missing, 22 wounded. Mayaguez steaming toward Singapore now under direction of own crew. Several United States ships remain in Gulf of Thailand area, hoping to find 13 missing men.
REPORTER: Frank Tomlinson

(Studio) President Ford speaks in public with regard to Mayaguez incident.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(White House) Positive political effects of President' Mayaguez actions seem apparent, but White House denies the chance to bolster American prestige and show its military strength was welcomed at this time. [PRES. - says all Americans, despite ethnic background, can be proud to be part of this great country - even more so because of military's actions of past 48 hrs.] White House followed Mayaguez incident very closely; an example related of just how closely.
REPORTER: Steve Bell

(Studio) Sister ship of Mayaguez heading toward Thailand along same route taken by Mayaguez. Swedish firm says Cambodian gunboat fired on 1 of its freighters Wednesday, but missed and did no damage. Cambodia's version of Mayaguez incident related.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Bell, Steve;
Reasoner, Harry;
Smith, Howard K.;
Tomlinson, Frank

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