The Korean troops have been in South Vietnam for eight years and have built up a reputation for being among the toughest combat troops in the field.
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ROLL ONE: Various shots parade ground beginning with cutaways ROK Commander General Lee Sae Ho speaking and presenting decorations to company commanders Korean Ambassador to Viet-Nam speaking to ??? Various shots American officers watching and crowd
ROLL TWO: Korean soldiers board aircraft bound for Seoul watched by General Lee and other dignitaries
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Background: The Korean troops have been in South Vietnam for eight years and have built up a reputation for being among the toughest combat troops in the field. Their moat famous battles centrad around the An Khe pass and in the spring offensive of 1972 they held the pass against over-whelming odds for more than two weeks before being relieved Korean President Park ordered his troops home immediately after Nixon announced plans for a ceasefire. The Koreans will all be leaving by air and their equipment will be sent back by sea.
A political point: The soldiers have all been commanded for their bravery in Viet-Nam, but it was stressed today that they have an even tougher battle to face at home -- that of safeguarding the President's administration and the eventual reunification of the country with the North.