Throughout Vietnam on Saturday (27 January)...the eve of the official ceasefire...United States forces were still?
Throughout Vietnam on Saturday (27 January)...the eve of the official ceasefire...United States forces were still engaged in war missions. At Bien Hoa all 1,000 marines left at the airbase were hard at work, either flying or loading bombs. At the same time Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was addressing troops about to leave Montreal for peace supervisory duties in Vietnam. He wished them luck, but stressed that his government had some misgivings about their participation, and had limited their involvement to sixty days.
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SYNOPSIS: On the eve of the official ceasefire in Vietnam, American forces were on Saturday still engaged on war operations. Some pilots flew two missions.
Those who returned for the last time to their base, here at Bien Hoa, expressed relief that their role in the conflict was at an end.
These aircraft...F-4s...carry bombs under the wings. Some crews painted decorative messages on them.
With only a few hours to the ceasefire, all one thousand marines on the base were hard at work.
In Montreal on Saturday, Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau, arrived to speak to troops about to leave for Vietnam in a peace supervisory capacity. His government had doubts about their involvement and has imposed a time limit.
Because of the Canadian Government's concern, there's no certainly how long their troops will remain with the peace forces in Vietnam. Their term of duty could become indefinite if the government is allowed to report what its forces see there. (PAUSE 3 SECS) Canadian officials are anxious to be heard by the peace Control Commission if they feel the overall task isn't being done properly, or putting their men at risk.