In Washington yesterday (Wednesday February 24) senior army officers briefed reporters on the South Vietnamese operation in Laos, which the United States is backing.
SV Lt. Gen. John Vogt (Joint Chiefs of Staff) pointing out action on map.
SCU Laird looking on SOF starts; VOGT: "One of the first .... SOF continues over MV Pressman etc. SOF ends "...at this point".
MV Laird seated
CU Laird speaking SOF starts: "I believe that this operation. SOF ends".. logistic supplies".
GV Dead soldier carried on stretcher.
GROUND TO AIR Helicopter overhead.
AIR TO GROUND Open country below helicopter.
CU & SV South Vietnamese gunner shooting machine gun (2 shots)
AIR VIEW OF ground in Laos.
SV Gunner firing.
GV White puff of smoke from anti-aircraft gun.
GV & MV Debris of crashed US helicopter (2 shots)
CU Two crash helmets scorched by fire.
SV South Vietnamese troops on ground with helicopter in B/G (3 shots)
SV Soldiers looking at body on stretcher.
MV Wounded troops hobbling on crutches and assisted into helicopter (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: GENERAL VOGT (SEQ. 2): One of the first accomplishments of the operation was to block the flow of traffic through here and the flow of traffic down these highways, down 911 on into route 92 which is a main highway, to block that at several points. The enemy of course then attempted to resort to by-pass routes. One of the first by-pass routes that he considered use of was route 914 which comes-down here west of Tchepone and joins in the route 92 and 99 at this point.
SECRETARY OF DEFENCE, LAIRD (SEQ. 4): ... I believe that this operation even if it were to terminate, and there is not time limit, fixed time limit on it now, has been successful in disrupting logistics supplies.
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Background: In Washington yesterday (Wednesday February 24) senior army officers briefed reporters on the South Vietnamese operation in Laos, which the United States is backing. Lieutenant General John Vogt (pronounced Vote) pointed out details of the operation on a large-scale map. The Defence Secretary, Mr. Melvin Laird, watched the briefing and later answered questions. He told reporters he believed the operation had been successful.
Meanwhile in Laos, the operation itself continued. Although the fighting on the ground appeared to be stalled and the situation somewhat confused, the air war want to unabated. United States and South Vietnamese helicopters had flown nearly 12,000 sorties over Laos in little more than two weeks. Every day helicopters attack North Vietnamese positions and every day they are shot at by radar-controlled North Vietnamese anti-aircraft guns. The air operation has done much to keep the whole Laos operation going. The cost has been high. Scores of helicopters have been lost. Many aircrew have been killed. But the battle goes on.