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South Vietnam / 3 Provinces Abandoned / Refugees #481790

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 18, 1975
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(Studio) Central highlands scene of chaos as 1/4 million refugees and soldiers jam roads, heading toward sea. There were reports President Thieu negotiated withdrawal from 3 provinces in exchange for release of civilians in region, but United States embassy official describes this as nonsense. North Vietnam offensive conts.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Govt. soldiers remove uniforms so they can retreat faster and possibly be mistaken for civilian refugees. Govt. controlled newspapers call province losses a tactical withdrawal. [Govt. SPOKESPERSON - says there has been no decision yet to withdraw forces from Pleiku or Kontum.]
REPORTER: David Cohler

(Studio) President Thieu orders paratroop division to move from Danang to Saigon. North Vietnam have cut nearly all main hwys.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Cohler, David

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