• Short Summary

    Although it is now a year since the last American soldier left South Vietnam, the United States is still heavily involved is supporting the South Vietnamese regime of President Thieu.

  • Description

    Although it is now a year since the last American soldier left South Vietnam, the United States is still heavily involved is supporting the South Vietnamese regime of President Thieu.

    American Press Reports say that 5,000 Americans now work there for the American military and other U.S. Government agencies.

    This task force includes 2,800 civilians from private American companies on contract to the Defence Department, who perform such jobs as repairing crippled aircraft for the South Vietnamese Air Force, training Vietnamese mechanics, maintaining heavy construction equipment left behind by U.S. troops and running computer systems for the South Vietnamese Army (ARVN) and the national police.

    To pay the bill, the U.S. Congress budgeted 813 million U.S. Dollars this year including 276 million U.S. Dollars for artillery shells, small arms and other ammunition. Congress is currently discussing allocating a further 3,000 million U.S. Dollars for what it calls "economic assistance" for South Vietnam, the Khmer Republic and Laos.

    But not all the remnants of America's involvement in the aftermath of its military presence in Vietnam contribute to the war effort. An organisation calling itself "The American Women's Association of Saigon" spends a lot of time helping in hospitals -- especially with sick and wounded children.

    Moreover, the 5,000 Americans still in South Vietnam enjoy a full social life. This includes their own social clubs, golf ad water-skiing.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1QVX72P4G8QIR933OBSIZXP1Q
    Media URN:
    VLVA1QVX72P4G8QIR933OBSIZXP1Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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