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NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 12, 1974
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(Studio) 1 year ago, Vietnam POWs began to return home. Fate of returning POWs reviewed.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Norfolk, Virginia) Captain Jeremiah Denton's return to United States reshown. Denton's 1st yr. home reviewed along with his character and feelings about US. North Vietnam attempted to break Denton with torture but failed. [DENTON - feels optimistic about future. Doesn't hate North Vietnam as humans.]
REPORTER: John Cochran

(Studio) Other prisoners did yield to North Vietnam and broke under torture. Michael Branch ended torture by praising North Vietnam.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Highland Heights, Kentucky) Branch still in period of readjustment. Branch to begin college soon to study journalism. [BRANCH - insists he didn't believe statements praising North Vietnam although he made them. No one has called him traitor.] Branch's ideas have totally changed since prisoners of war days. Branch helps friend form VFW. [BRANCH - expresses concern over changes in US, incling. government society, morale, etc.] Branch hasn't lost faith in cntry.
REPORTER: Jack Paxton

(Studio) Prisoner exchange conts. South Vietnam releases civilians to Viet Cong and Viet Cong reciprocates.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

Brokaw, Tom;
Cochran, John;
Paxton, Jack

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