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Saigon Evacuation Complete / Evacuation Details #482462

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 29, 1975
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(Studio) President Ford announces completion of South Vietnam evacuation late today.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Press Secretary Ron Nessen brief reporters [KISSINGER - says all American personnel evacuated without panic or substantial panic. 56,000 other persons also evacuated. South Vietnam ambassador Graham Martin felt moral obligation to people he was associated with and tried to save as many of these people as possible.] Last night, Ford met with National Security Council with regard to grave Saigon situation; helicopter evacuation hopefully would be avoided but in the end, helicopter evacuation only way to remove Americans and South Vietnam. As Kissinger kept eye on evacuation progress today, President kept other commitments, incling. meeting with Jordan's King Hussein. Later President meets with congress leaders to discuss care of Vietnam refugees.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Studio) Pentagon officials keep in touch with progress of evacuation.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Evacuation delayed an hour because of mysterious order not to land. Defense Department film shown. South Vietnam scramble to get out of Saigon; 10 South Vietnam helicopters ditched in South China Sea as those aboard scramble to safety on US ships. Thousands try to escape on barges and tugs down Saigon River. NBC learns United States Marines not all out of Saigon yet because of South Vietnam trying to leave with them; last of Marines expected out shortly.
REPORTER: Charles Quinn

Brokaw, Tom;
Chancellor, John;
Quinn, Charles

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