Film, delayed on route, has just been received of the last report by the American National Broadcasting Company correspondent Welles Hangan, who has been missing since last week in Cambodia.
AERIAL VIEW Prey Veng area with Hangan voice over
GV Ferry boat on Mekong River
GV Activity around ferry landing stage
SV Men on patrol boat TILT TO helicopters in flight
SV South Vietnamese soldiers firing near Prey Veng
SV South Vietnamese soldiers running
GV Building in Prey Veng TILT TO body
GV Wrecked hut
SV Soldier amidst debris
CU Carved elephant PAN TO debris
SV Troops move forward
SV Troops near body
MV Hangan speaking to camera
EDITORS: PLEASE NOTE, COMMENTARY IS BY HANGAN ON FILM.
REPORTER: WELLES HANGAN
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Background: Film, delayed on route, has just been received of the last report by the American National Broadcasting Company correspondent Welles Hangan, who has been missing since last week in Cambodia. He is believed to be a captive, together with other foreign newsmen, of the Vietcong.
In his report Hangan told how the Vietcong and the North Vietnamese struck hard at Prey Veng, a provincial capital, in order to gain control of the Mekong River and cut the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh off from direct American and South Vietnamese aid.
He said that the South vietnamese troopers skirmished on the edge of the town with Vietcong snipers long after the main Vietcong and North Vietnamese Force had retreated into the forest. When they finally moved forward all they found were empty huts and an occasional body.
Entire blocks of Prey Veng, Hangan reported, were destroyed by Vietcong, Cambodian or South vietnamese artillery and mortar fire.
Hangan concluded that the problem was that the South Vietnamese, in saving Cambodian towns, usually destroy most of them and when they do move in they tend to stay put, behaving more like occupiers than liberators.