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Vietnam / Pullout / Laird / Fighting #7112

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 17, 1969
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(Studio) Defense Secretary Melvin Laird reports 40,500 troop withdrawal, as reported earlier by Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky. Also indicates draft cut.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) [LAIRD - says Vietnamization program to affect draft call. Expect to advise Selective Service of draft call changes Friday] Incrd. combat ability of South Vietnam made cutback possible. 70% enemy in South are North Vietnam troops; 30% VC. Laird says North Vietnam must realize South Vietnam's strength for impact on Paris Peace Talks.
REPORTER: Bill Downs

(Studio) 3rd Marine Div. to pullout. North Vietnam overrun United States Marine Corps outpost 4 mile South of DMZ. Casualties reported.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Downs, Bill;
Smith, Howard K.

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