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(Studio) Complete casualty list for servicemen involved in Mayaguez rescue has been point of controversy; new element now figures in.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(White House) American officials now say 23 Air Force security men killed in Thailand when helicopter crashed were part of Mayaguez rescue plan. Their deaths bring to 38, the number of American lives lost in overall rescue picture. President' spokesperson Ron Nessen says President saddened by this loss of life. Entire episode viewed as political bonus for President Ford. [Senator Hugh SCOTT - says Mayaguez operation carried out in best tradition of strong President] Later in day, 20 major city Republican leaders meet with President; 1 says President Ford to formally announce candidacy within month
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel
- Jarriel, Tom;
- Smith, Howard K.
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