NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 20, 1972
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(Studio) Ceremony held to note departure from Vietnam of 3rd Bde., 1st Air Cav. Div., last infantry combat bde. to leave war zone. Only 2,600 1st line combat infantry remain in Vietnam, of 60,000 Ama. there. (1 battalion remaining is 1st Btm., 7th Cav.) United States Commander In Vietnam, George Creighton Abrams, attends Bien Hoa ceremony. President Nixon noms. Abrams as Army Chief of Staff to replace retiring General William Westmoreland. Other American units build up in Thailand.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Nam Phong, Thailand) New American Air Force Base established 200 mile from Bangkok. 16,000 GI's shifted here from Vietnam as part of United States withdrawal policy. [Guard orders news cameras away from base.] [Thai soldier who dislikes secrecy surrounding base, comments on what's going on there.] Americans already flying missions over North Vietnam and Laos.
REPORTER: Phil Brady
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