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South Vietnam / United States Airlift / Refugees #481930

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 26, 1975
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(Studio) South Vietnam President Thieu orders government troops to fight to the death to defend Danang, now isolated by Communist forces. In radio speech, President Thieu appeals to United States for more aid. In Danang, American airlift of South Vietnam refugees begins. Hopefully, refugees to be flown to Cam Ranh Bay aboard stripped US 747's. Many refugees in Danang come from Hue.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Danang, South Vietnam) Thousands of South Vietnam troops evacuate Hue after government decides not to defend city. Troops must leave by sea for trip to Danang. North of Danang, refugees from Hue set up camp. Danang choked with people; many live in streets. Food not yet big problem for refugees.
REPORTER: David Cohler

(Studio) More terror occurs on refugee trial between Ban Me Thuot in central highlands and Tuy Hoa. Communist forces attack rear of refugee caravan.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Tuy Hoa, South Vietnam) Many refugees picked up by helicopters before North Vietnam could get to them with shells; most frightened and some split off from families. Once refugees begin to reach Tuy Hoa, they learn it's not safe; Tuy Hoa airport most secure place. Rptdly. Viet Cong blow up bridge on road from highlands to Tuy Hoa, cutting off refugees' escape route.
REPORTER: Don Oliver

(Studio) Former South Vietnam premier Nguyen Cao Ky emerges as leader of opposition to President Thieu.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

Brokaw, Tom;
Cohler, David;
Oliver, Don

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