NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 18, 1972
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(Studio) 6 United States aircraft carriers now off Vietnam Coast. North Vietnam reports many United States planes attack Hanoi and other populated areas. United States says military and logistics targets have been knocked out.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Haiphong) On April 15, 1972, United States bombers attacked Haiphong in retaliation against North Vietnam invasion of South Vietnam. North Vietnam film shows results of massive air strike, claiming hospitals, schools, factories, store houses hit in addition to military targets. Ships from Russia, East Germany, said hit at anchor. North Vietnam claim 10 American planes downed that day. United States says 2 were lost. (Hanoi, North Vietnam) North Vietnam staged news conference May 12 for 8 American pilot prisoners who have written Congress requesting end to war. [Lieutenant Commander David HOFFMAN - says Nixon has expressed concern for safety of Americans in Vietnam, and yet he increases bombing and commences mining of harbors, putting Americans in greater danger, causing death among civilian population. Acts bring US to brink of far more serious war, not closer to peace.] Pictured: Lieutenant Colonel Miller Wainwright, Captain Edwin A. Hawley, Captain Kenneth J. Fraser, Commander Morris A. Charles, Captain James D. Cutter, Captain Lynn E. Guenther.
REPORTER: Jack Russell (narrates)
5:37:50 "VIETNAM "/ "CASUALTIES"
(Studio) 13 Americans killed in Vietnam last week, 26 wounded, 5 missing. 30,000 North Vietnam said killed since offensive began; South Vietnam, 25,000.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
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