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Vietnam War Power Update / Stratton #53238

ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 03, 1978
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(Studio) Release of group of American POW's by North Vietnam and their return home 5 years ago noted. Film of then-Lieutenant Commander Richard Stratton arriving at Clark Air Force Base in Philippines shown; Stratton remains in Navy and is now captain
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(No location given) Stratton's background as fighter pilot and as POW given; films shown, include controversial one in which he bows to captors. [STRATTON - remembered story of "The Manchurian Candidate" and decided to follow example in appearing to have capitulated to North Vietnam. Notes Lee Lockwood's photograph of incident appearing in "Life" magazine] Captain Stratton's present duties mentioned. [STRATTON - cites lessons he believes Vietnam war showed US and need for strong defense by United States in balancing Communists] Captain's speeches re: experiences and reactions he gets noted. [MAN - refers to photograph of Stratton bowing.] Life of Stratton family, now and during his imprisonment, described; family now lives on Great Lakes Naval Base, near Chicago. [STRATTON - outlines problems created by his being absent from sons for so long. States what experiences as prisoners of war mean to him.]
REPORTER: Ron Miller

Miller, Ron;
Reynolds, Frank

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