The air terminal at Clark Field, the American airbase in the Philippines was crowded yesterday for the arrival of the first U.
The air terminal at Clark Field, the American airbase in the Philippines was crowded yesterday for the arrival of the first U.S. prisoners of war from Indo-china. President Marcos was among those who stopped at the base to offer an official welcome on behalf of the Philippine government. Three specially equipped jets made the flight from Hanoi, the North Vietnamese capital, ini 34 minutes. Others flew up later in the day from Saigon, where the U.S. prisoners held by the Vietcong were released much later in the day. A red carpet welcome - and a massive assembly of journalists and cameramen - awaited the first arrivals which were telecast live to the United States. First man off the mercy flight was navy captain Jeremiah Denton. He was greeted by Admiral Noel Gaylor, Commander-in-Chief of U.S. forces in the Pacific. Loud applause followed from the watching crowds as other former prisoners walked to waiting ambulances, some of them dazed, some apparently little affected by their ordeal. One man brandished a handkerchief with a slogan he had written during the flight from Hanoi. A total of 116 were flown in from North Vietnam, with more to follow today (Tuesday).