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President Commission On MIA's / Vietnam Today #47691

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 15, 1977
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(Studio) President commission on MIA's lands at Clark Air Force Base in Philippines today; to go to Hanoi, Vietnam, Wednesday Commission led by UAW (United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America) president Leonard Woodcock. Difficulty in getting information with regard to country at present noted. Recently, cameraman Michel LeComte accompanied French busmen. to Vietnam and filmed scenes of cntry. Network Hong Kong bureau chief, Ken Kashiwahara was 1 of last out of Vietnam during war. (Film of last day of war shown.) Kashiwahara asked to look at LeComte's film.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(No location given) (Films of Saigon, April, 1975, and recent film of city shown.) Reporter compares what he knew of city to recent filmed scenes; notes city now called Ho Chi Minh City and it's lack of bumper-to-bumper cars and Honda motorcycles. Hotel, which hsed. network news crews, now hses. foreign tourists government tries to attract. Reporter discusses economy of nation under Communists, noting continued black market of American items; LeComte says most not buying. [LECOMTE - says people simply don't have money to buy, but do want to buy black market items and some sell own property to get money to do so.] Evidences of United States presence seen at Long Binh, airport and at war museum of captured United States weaponry. Govt. not playing up criticism of US involvement as once did. Is obvious 1 reason for desire for normalization of relations with United States is need for massive infusion of post-war aid.
REPORTER: Ken Kashiwahara

Kashiwahara, Ken;
Walters, Barbara

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