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Vietnam Murder / Asa Martin #5197

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 14, 1969
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(Studio) Last year Pvt. Asa Martin, Junior shot by sergeant after insult exchange. Earlier, Commander asked for Martin's discharge as an unfit soldier who smokes marijuana. Martin's mother flew to Vietnam to witness sergeant Bernardo Rodriguez' trial.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Cu Chi, South Vietnam) Mrs. Eugenia Willette came alone and with own money. No officials met her. Met sergeant's father, whose trip was financed by Army. sergeant pleads guilty and gets 10 years and dishonorable discharge. [Mrs. WILLETTE - says still don't know why he was killed.] All she heard was how bad a soldier her son was, and how good his killer is.
REPORTER: Frank Mariano

(Studio) Mrs. Willette says she went because it was symbol case for blacks. Rodriguez same color as son.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Mariano, Frank;
Reynolds, Frank

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