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South Vietnam Situation / Refugee Evacuation Attempt #482000

NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 31, 1975
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(Studio) More than million refugees stranded in Danang, South Vietnam. All United States rescue attempts suspended because Communists have taken Danang. 2 American merchant ships last to sail from Danang; trip to Nha Trang and Cam Ranh Bay aboard ship filled with horror and suffering. Band of South Vietnam troops force way onto one ship, killing, raping and beating passengers. Small American crew barricades itself against South Vietnam troops. On other American ship, refugees jammed on board without food or water.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Danang, South Vietnam) South Vietnam soldiers fight to get aboard last ship out. Danang fell to Communists as city collapsed in chaos and anarchy.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Another group escaping Danang arrives in Saigon after crowded 3-day journey; government not happy to have refugees in Saigon. Unlikely Saigon will be able to hold any of its positions along coast.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Studio) President Ford says through press secretary that present South Vietnam situation result of Hanoi violations of peace agreement and Congress's failure to vote emergency aid.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

Brokaw, Tom;
Utley, Garrick

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