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Mayaguez Incident / Accurate Casualty Figures / Mayaguez Crew #37248

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 20, 1975
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(Studio) United States Marines involved in rescue mission of merchant ship Mayaguez and its crew arrive in Subic Bay in Philippines. Wounded receive Purple Heart medals. In DC, Pentagon releases newest casualty list.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Pentagon) [Pentagon spokesperson Joseph LAITIN - considers these casualty figures accurate - 15 killed, 3 missing in action, 50 wounded.] Highly unlikely any of 3 missing in action still alive.
REPORTER: Frank Tomlinson

(Studio) Pentagon sources don't have any facts on whether Cambodian navy boat which surrendered to Thai authorities involved in Mayaguez seizure. Crew of boat claims seizure of Mayaguez without government approval; seeking asylum in Thailand. 1/2 crew members of Mayaguez accept offer from company to come home early; some arrive today in San Francisco.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(San Francisco, California) 9 crew members arrive in California. [Ship's cook Bill BELLINGER - says Cambodians treated them ok. Praises United States government's quick, decisive action in rescuing Mayaguez.] Strange twist to Mayaguez story comes to light. Cheryl Miller Pedersen and brother say they're sure captain of Mayaguez, Charles T. Miller, is their father; haven't seen him since parents divorced 22 years ago. [Mrs. PEDERSEN - says she knew Chas. Miller her father after seeing picture in paper.] Rptdly., Captain Miller back aboard Mayaguez and hasn't been in touch with family claiming to be his.

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

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