NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jun 11, 1972
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(Studio) General John Lavelle, once head of 7th Air Force, responsible for combat missions in S.E. Asia. He was relieved of command in March, retired at lower rank. New York "Times" reports that was because he ordered bombing attacks in North Vietnam which had not been authorized.
REPORTER: Edwin Newman
(DC) From January to Mar., 1972, United States bombing of North Vietnam was limited to protection reaction strikes. General Lavelle was ordering full-scale bombing in violation of gem. guidelines. House Armed Services Committee begins inquiry into case at suggestion of Representative Otis Pike, himself a former Marine pilot. (Westhampton, New York) [PIKE - says truth about case should be made public. Thinks perhaps General may be scapegoat. What he was doing might have prevented offensive.] Some believe he was disobeying orders with consent of immediate superiors, include General Creighton Abrams.
REPORTER: Robert Goralski