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Vietnam / Prisoners of War Release #466474

NBC Evening News for Friday, Sep 29, 1972
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(Studio) 3 American POW's released by North Vietnam land at NYC's Kennedy Airport, go to mil. hospitals in Alabama, California, and NYC. Lieutenant Mark Gartley's mother cries because Pentagon refuses to give son 3 days leave. Air Force Major Edward Elias' wife says she doesn't mind husband's immediate hospitalization. POW's processed under Pentagon's operation egress recap.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Pentagon) [Pentagon official Dr. Roger SHIELDS - defends procedures by what Pentagon has learned from other released POW's. Says purpose is to insure thorough rehabilitation and readjustment.]

(Studio) POW's homecoming described as hectic.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(NYC) They arrive via SAS airliner from Copenhagen, Denmark. All 3 don uniforms before landing. Greeting for Lieutenant Charles shown. American antiwar escort group, include David Dellinger and Mrs. Cora Weiss, debark last. [DELLINGER - says United States military actions drive Mrs. Gartley to tears (and she has not cried since son's plane downed 4 years ago).] [WEISS - describes military actions as recapture of POW's.]
REPORTER: John Chancellor (Narrates)

(Studio) Mil. hospitals receive released POW's.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(NYC) Lieutenant Mark Gartley taken to Saint Albans Naval Hospital in NYC. He was imprisoned 4 years [POW mother, Mrs. Minnie Lee GARTLEY - says military interference put damper on happy homecoming.] [POW father, Gerald GARTLEY - disappointed that son didn't receive hero's welcome.] Mrs. Gartley denies son being held against his will, says he will be given leave soon.
REPORTER: Scott Osborne

(San Diego, California) Lieutenant Norris Charles lands at Miramar Naval Air Stn. for examination at military hospital. [Naval hospital Dr. Edward KAUFMANN - says Charles is pleasant and cooperative.] [POW wife, Mrs. Olga CHARLES - would like to be with husband, but had planned on his being hospitalized.]
REPORTER: Don Oliver

(Montgomery, Alabama) Major Edward Elias arrives Maxwell AFB, accompanied by wife (who did not go to North Vietnam because she had been ill). [Mrs. Georgia ELIAS - feels blessed to have husband home, but sorry for other prisoners of war wives not as fortunate. Happy with Pentagon handling of situation. Calls Cora Weiss statement that POW's recaptured by American military "baloney."]

(Studio) Released POW's avoid political statements.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Davis, Lou;
Oliver, Don;
Osborne, Scott;
Ward, Russ

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