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Mayaguez Incident / Further Details #482707

NBC Evening News for Friday, May 16, 1975
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[Broadcast joined in progress.] John Chancellor (New York City)

(White House) Secretary of State Henry Kissinger believes successful recovery of Mayaguez and crew restores pride and confidence in American government [At news conf. KISSINGER - says Mayaguez incident proves United States has limits beyond which it can't be pushed. United States prepared to defend its interests and can get public and congress support.] [During state dinner last night SHAH of Iran - praises President' actions with regard to Mayaguez incident.] White House officials expect successful rescue of Mayaguez to increase President standing with Congress Aide John Marsh thinks administration legislature to receive boost from Mayaguez success.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Studio) Pentagon says 1 killed, 22 wounded and 13 missing during Mayaguez rescue mission; spokesperson says casualty report unverified.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Missing men all aboard chopper that crashed into sea. Pentagon reveals 15,000 pound bomb dropped on Koh Tang island during fighting. Pentagon admits 2 air strikes launched against mainland; details given. [Pentagon spokesperson Joseph LAITIN - says there was heavy battle going on at time of 2nd air strike.] Laitin states 2nd air strike part of battle plan.
REPORTER: Charles Quinn

(Studio) Cambodia's version of Mayaguez incident outlined.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brokaw, Tom;
Chancellor, John;
Quinn, Charles

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