NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 16, 1977
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(Studio) Special report on unusual lifestyle of American servicemen stationed at Guantanamo Bay, known to American sailors in World War I as Gitmo and now surrounded by Castro's Cuba.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Guantanamo Bay, Cuba) Advantages of Guantanamo's location as training base, and good harbor for United States war ships to be prepared to defend trade routes, go into combat almost immediately or provide support in situations like Dominican crisis of 1965 noted. Focus on base during Cold War of 15 years ago cited. Question with regard to necessity of base to US security stated. [Base commander Captain David DeCOOK - cites reasons for Guantanamo's importance to national security, include its being good area for coverage of Caribbean from Puerto Rico to Panama Canal.] Castro's attitude of ignoring base and refusing to cash United States rent checks noted. Situations of Cuban workers on base described. [Cuban WORKER - says Castro government doesn't make it hard for him because he works on American base.] [2nd WORKER - doesn't want to talk about it.] Confined lifestyle of servicemen and families stationed here described. Death of sergeant Albert Rosier in minefield accident noted. View of some that American withdrawal from Guantanamo Bay is as inevitable as that from Panama and Castro's lack of pushing for it so far cited.
REPORTER: Charles Quinn
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