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Vietnam / Withdrawal / Saigon / Hawaii / Washington / Fighting #6555

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 08, 1969
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(Studio) 814 men of 9th Infantry Div. return to US. At Saigon ceremonies, President Nguyen Van Thieu says only start of process. He notes 9th casualties, and hopes other nation's blood won't have to be spilled anymore.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Men dancing and celebrating. [Battalion CMDR. - says these men served the longest.] Many to be reassigned to American bases. They object to searches by MPs before flown to Saigon. Would have been easier to cut off replacements, but Nixon wanted a parade. South Vietnam government buys presents for soldiers, General Creighton Abrams and Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker there.
REPORTER: Craig Spence

(Studio) Welcome Home ceremonies slated for McChord Air Force Base in Seattle. Some troops land in Hawaii.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Hickam Field, Hawaii) Troops arrive in Hawaii. (NO VIDEO.)
REPORTER: John Davenport

(Studio) Report from Fort Lewis, WA.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Fort Lewis, WA) Barracks fixed up and paper work streamlined for soldiers. [Army Wife Mrs. Henly REED - says glad day has arrived.] [General William WESTMORELAND - cites affinity for unit, dating back to 1945.]
REPORTER: Bill Brannigan

(Studio) Communists attack outskirts of Saigon.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Brannigan, Bill;
Davenport, John;
Reynolds, Frank;
Spence, Craig

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