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Prisoners of War Charges #471676

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 03, 1973
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(Studio) Charges dismissed against 7 North Vietnam POWs by Army and Navy. 1 other charged POW Abel Kavanaugh committed suicide. Army and Navy decide not enough evidence to warrant charges. Colonel Theodore Guy, who brought charges against POWs, talks with CBS's Fred Briggs.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(No location given) [GUY - says asked for probe in DC. Felt charges justified against men acting contrary to code. To abide by Navy and Army decision.] [REPORTER - asks if Abel Kavanaugh's death made Guy reconsider.] [GUY - states he was saddened by event, but didn't turn him from plan.]
REPORTER: Fred Briggs

(Studio) Kavanaugh buried in Denver.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Denver, Colorado) [Sandra KAVANAUGH - holds Army and Navy responsible for husband's death. If charges never issued, husband would be alive today. Wonders if charges were to be dropped before husband's death, or if direct result of his death. ]

(Studio) Army says plans already made to drop charges against 7 POWs. Navy wouldn't comment on Kavanaugh's charges. 2 Navy officials still have misconduct charges against them. Navy Captain Walter Wilbur and Lieutenant Colonel Edison Miller charged by Rear Admiral James Stockdale.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Briggs, Fred;
Chancellor, John

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