America's number two General in Vietnam, Lieutenant General Frank Mildren, told reporters yesterday that he had not heard of any orders from Washington to de-escalate the war, and had seen no signs of a ceasefire in South Vietnam.
MS Cavalry men loading belongings onto truck (two shots)
CU Sign - blackhorse - on side of truck
MLS Cavalry tanks waiting to move out (2 shots)
MS Officials at handing over ceremony
MS Lt.Gen. Mildren pan to Gen. Van Minh signing papers
LS Pan camp area
CU Lt.Gen. Mildren
MS Col. Leach, commander of 11th Cavalry Regiment with Vietnamese officer
MLS Vietnamese tanks
MS Officers signalling
MS US Tanks drive away (two shots)
LS Vietnamese troops aboard trucks move into camp
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Background: America's number two General in Vietnam, Lieutenant General Frank Mildren, told reporters yesterday that he had not heard of any orders from Washington to de-escalate the war, and had seen no signs of a ceasefire in South Vietnam. He was attending a ceremony at which Black Horse Camp was handed over to the South Vietnamese under a U.S. policy to 'Vietnamese' the war.
General Mildren, who heads the U.S. Army in Vietnam under the commander of all U.S. Forces in Vietnam, General Greighton Abrams, was speaking to reporters only a few hours before military spokesmen in Saigon again reported a fairly quiet day in the battlefield.
Black Horse base - some 50 miles north east of Saigon - was the third base camp to be handed over in only four months, as well as Can Tho port in the Mekong Delta. Until now the base of the US 11th Armoured Cavalry (Black Horse) Regiment, it will be the home of the 18th Division, South Vietnamese Army, which is taking over most of the responsibility for security in the surrounding area in Long Khanh Province.
The base consists of more than 950 buildings, 14 miles of paved roads, an air strip and other installations.