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Mayaguez Incident / Incomplete Casualty List #37209

ABC Evening News for Monday, May 19, 1975
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(Studio) Marine Major General Kenneth Houghton commanded assault on Cambodia's Tang Island in Mayaguez incident; hails operation; successful despite heavy casualties. Pentagon releases names of 3 killed in Mayaguez incident - Lieutenant Richard Vandegeer, S/sergeant Elwood Pumbaugh and Lance Corporal Ashton Loney. Pentagon's unofficial casualty list incls. 5 dead, 16 missing, 49 wounded. White House indicates President Ford not happy with Pentagon's handling of casualty figures.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(White House) Press Secretary Ron Nessen says White House not trying to hide casualties or cover up bad news. Nessen defends President' orders for heavy mil. strikes, attack on fuel storage areas. Later, President turns to problem of resettling Vietnam refugees.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

Jarriel, Tom;
Smith, Howard K.

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