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South Vietnam Abandons 3 Provinces #481767

NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 17, 1975
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(Studio) South Vietnam gives up government control of most of central highlands; 3 whole provinces abandoned:Kontum, Pleiku and Darlac. South Vietnam to reform along coastal provinces so they can be resupplied by sea.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Ban Me Thuot, South Vietnam) Civilians fleeing in all directions from Ban Me Thuot. Process of removing wounded from town too dangerous to try.
REPORTER: John Chancellor (narrates)

(Studio) Department of Defense analysts examine South Vietnam's decision to abandon central highlands. Until now, only 1 province lost to enemy during entire war.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Pentagon sources view South Vietnam action as tactical withdrawal. North Vietnam offensive 3-pronged; aimed at central highlands, Hue and Tay Ninh; Hanoi apparently wants to prove President Thieu unable to defend country
REPORTER: Robert Goralski

Chancellor, John;
Goralski, Robert

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