• Short Summary

    One of the highest-ranking United States civilian advisers in South Vietnam, Mr John Paul Vann, died on Friday night (9 June) when his helicopter crashed in flames.

  • Description

    One of the highest-ranking United States civilian advisers in South Vietnam, Mr John Paul Vann, died on Friday night (9 June) when his helicopter crashed in flames. Mr Vann was flying to the embattled Central Highlands city of Kontum, in whose defense he had been a key figure.

    Mr Vann was a near-legendary figure in Vietnam. He had served there as early as 1962, before the United States became deeply involved in the war. In 1963, he resigned as an army officer over what he considered excessive aid to South Vietnam. But, in 1965 he returned as a civilian adviser and at the time of his death was regarded as the third most influential American in Vietnam after Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker and General Creighton Abrams, the U.S. military commander.

    This interview with Mr Vann was made a little over a week before his death, and is one of the last he gave. In it, he assesses the situation in South Vietnam in light of the North Vietnam offensive.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2WAZ4FU9Z7YC4WZZPUO5HIUZ9
    Media URN:
    VLVA2WAZ4FU9Z7YC4WZZPUO5HIUZ9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/06/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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