• Short Summary

    THE COMMANDER OF UNITED STATES FORCES IN VIETNAM, GENERAL WESTMORELAND YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) ENDED HIS FOUR-DAY VISIT TO THAILAND.

  • Description

    THE COMMANDER OF UNITED STATES FORCES IN VIETNAM, GENERAL WESTMORELAND YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) ENDED HIS FOUR-DAY VISIT TO THAILAND. THE GENERAL'S VISIT WAS TO FAREWELL AMERICAN FORCES THERE, PARTICULARLY THE AIR FORCES, WHICH HAS BEEN CARRYING OUT AIRSTRIKES OVER NORTH VIETNAM AN D GUERILLA CONCENTRATIONS IN THE SOUTH.

    GENERAL WESTMORELAND GIVES UP HIS VIETNAM POST NEXT MONTH TO TAKE UP A NEW APPOINTMENT AS THE U.S. ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF.

    SPEAKING TO PRESSMEN AT DON MUANG, THE OUTGOING COMMANDER ESTIMATED 15,000 NORTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS HAD INFILTRATED INTO SOUTH VIETNAM THIS MONTH.

    ON THE SITUATION IN SOUTH VIETNAM, HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD RECOVERED ABOUT 30 PER CENT OF THE PACIFIED AREAS LOST TO THE VIETCONG AFTER THEIR DESTRUCTIVE TET OFFENSIVE LAST JANUARY.

    ON MAY 22, HE FLEW TO KORAT, IN NORTHEASTERN THAILAND, TO FAREWELL AMERICAN AIRMEN STATIONED THERE.

    SYNOPSIS:
    GENERAL WESTMORELAND YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) ENDED A VISIT TO THAILAND DURING WHICH HE HAS FAREWELLED UNITED STATES FORCES. THE GENERAL NEXT MONTH RELINQUISHES HIS POSITION AS COMMANDER OF UNITED STATES IN VIETNAM TO BECOME UNITED STATES ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF. THE GENERAL SPENT FOUR DAYS IN THAILAND. ACCOMPANIED BY HIS WIFE.

    THAILAND HAS PLAYED A PROMINENT ROLE IN THE VIETNAM CONFLICT, MAINLY AS BASE FOR AIRCRAFT TAKING PART IN RAIDS OVER POSITIONS IN NORTH AND SOUTH VIETNAM. WHILE AT DONG MUANG, GENERAL WESTMORELAND SPOKE TO REPORTERS ABOUT INFILTRATION FROM NORTH VIETNAM TO SOUTH VIETNAM. HE ESTIMATED THAT 15-THOUSANDS NORTH VIETNAMESE HAD MOVED INTO SOUTH VIETNAM IN THE PAST MONTH.

    THE FINAL STAGE OF THE VISIT WAS KORAT, WHERE THE GENERAL AND MRS. WESTMORELAND RECEIVED A WARM WELCOME FROM AMERICAN AND THAI OFFICERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3HFO4X8I7NWD8H9YV1MNWGRWW
    Media URN:
    VLVA3HFO4X8I7NWD8H9YV1MNWGRWW
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/05/1968
    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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