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March 29, 1973 - Operation Homecoming - U.S. Withdraws From Vietnam

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March 29, 1973 – The day Vietnam War POWs were released and the end of U.S. involvement in the longest and most costly 10 year war.
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March 29, 1973 – The day Vietnam War POWs were released and the end of U.S. involvement in the longest and most costly 10 year war.
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29th of March 1973 the United States ended its active involvement in the Vietnam War. The day Americans have prayed for has finally come. This is NBC Nightly News, Thursday, March 29th Reported by John Chancellor. Mhm with David Brinkley's journal. Yes, good evening. We're going to devote most of the program tonight to the Vietnam Story because on this historic day, the last of the prisoners in the last of the American troops left Vietnam. We also today began to learn what was really done to the prisoners. And it's not a pretty story. Our correspondent, Liz Trotta, was in Hanoi today. She, along with other reporters, was invited by the North Vietnamese to come to Hanoi for one day to cover the release of the last prisoners. And hereby, satellite is her report. American Prisoner releases are big events in Hanoi, And so for the last one, with American reporters present, thousands of North Vietnamese were there. They crowded around the prison called Yeah, to do the prisoners themselves. Call it the Zoo American News Men visiting Hanoi were guided to the prison and then through the gate. They were met by a North Vietnamese official Mr Fong Wang, who talked about how well the Americans had been treated in his camp. He said they were fed meat, fruits and beer, and he said they even received medical care, such as when they would fall and hurt themselves while playing volleyball. Finally, reporters and photographers were led into the heart of the compound. There I straight ahead and standing erect with the last group of American prisoners that Hanoi was holding at this moment. About two hours before they're released. They were being inspected by members of the Joint Military Commission. Some stood in their prison cells. They looked pale and anxious. The North Vietnamese guards warned news men and the prisoners not to speak with each other, but the warning was ignored. How about you? Not about the mission and what you do. So don't worry about it. Yeah, I haven't seen any papers or anything. I don't know what happened. I have no idea. In one cell area, there was a protest. The prisoners turned their backs on the visitors, and they were angry. Later, Air Force Major William Ellender explained it. He said, We object to having our pictures taken because this isn't the way we live. He tried to say more
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