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Mayaguez / Casualty List #482747

NBC Evening News for Monday, May 19, 1975
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(Studio) President somewhat puzzled about time it's taking Pentagon to release final casualty figures following Mayaguez rescue mission. White House says there's been no attempt to hide any bad news.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Presently, Pentagon's casualty figures include 5 dead; 16 missing, 49 wounded. [Pentagon spokesperson Joseph LAITIN - says Pentagon has tried to release casualty list as soon as possible.] Today's figures not final.
REPORTER: Charles Quinn

(Studio) Of 16 missing, White House says no indication any taken prisoner. 3 of casualties identified as 2nd Lieutenant Richard Vandegeer, Air Force S/sergeant Elwood Rumbaugh and Lance Corporal Ashton Loney. In meantime, some men involved in Mayaguez rescue operation tell story to press.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Philippines) Major general in charge of Marine landing on Tang Island describes fighting. [Lieutenant Colonel Randall AUSTIN - admits heavy resistance from Communist troops on ground.] sergeant Victor Salinas and Corporation R. J. Hughes both burned when helicopter hit and exploded. [SALINAS - describes copter crash.] After news conf., Hughes and Salinas awarded Purple Heart medals.
REPORTER: Lew Allison

Allison, Lew;
Chancellor, John;
Quinn, Charles

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