An official film from North Vietnam shows an alleged deserter from the U.S. Marine Corps?
An official film from North Vietnam shows an alleged deserter from the U.S. Marine Corps Private John M. Sweeney, speaking at an international press conference in Hanoi on July 10.
According to the information accompanying the film, Private Sweeney deserted MIC Company, Third Battalion, Ninth Brigade of the Third Marine Division on February 22, 19969, when his company was fighting at Coca Va, in the Thua Thien province of South Vietnam.
The press conference was held at the International Club in Hanoi. The Deputy Director of South Vietnam's Provisional Revolutionary Government's Hanoi Liason Office, Mr. Truong Cong Dong, introduced Mr. Sweeney to the press.
Mr. Troung said that his office would support Mr. Sweeney's plans to join an anti-Vietnam war campaign in Sweden.
Mr. Sweeney told the press that after deserting from his camp last February he joined the National Liberation Front, (N.L.F) and spent 17 months in the jungles of South Vietnam with members of the N.L.F. He is reported to have expressed the belief that the National Liberation Front's activities have the support of the South Vietnamese people.
He said that after he joins the anti-Vietnam war movement in Sweden, he will "do his utmost" to convince the people of the United States that they should stop the war.
Mr. Sweeney is also said to have expressed his admiration for the equal way in which officers and mean are treated in the N.L.F., and thanked the Provisional Revolutionary Government office for allowing him to go to Sweden.
The information reported Mr. Sweeney to bee looking "healthy and in high spirits" at the press conference.