Another big withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam was announced by President Nixon today (Thursday);?
Another big withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam was announced by President Nixon today (Thursday); the reduction by another 100,000 men will be achieved by increasing the present rate of 12,500 troops a month to over 14,200. The port of departure for many of these troops already leaving is Da Nang, in the North of South Vietnam. The latest to leave were a group of marines. Our film shows their departure. No longer is this accompanied by great fanfare and publicity. United States soldiers leave every day - and in his speech, President nixon hoped that by 1972 there would be virtually no more American troops left in Vietnam.
SYNOPSIS: The USS troop carrier Okinawa... bearthed at Da Nang, in the northern part of South Vietnam. Arriving at the wharf is the baggage of the latest group of American marines to be withdrawn from the war in Indochina. Two years ago the US military strength in Vietnam was 545,000. By the end of this month there'll only be 284,000 left....almost half. And now, President Nixon has just announced the withdrawal of a further 100,000 troops. The rate of 12,500 troops per month is to be increased to over 14,200. In his speech... televised to the American public.... he said that American involvement is coming to an end. If the present rate of withdrawal continues, there'll be almost no American troops in Vietnam by 1972.
Now, there's no great fanfare when the marines leave from home...only a handful of dock workers are there to see them off.
By the end of 1972, if the present rate continues, the only Americans left will be perhaps one division, forming what President Nixon in his speech called a "residual force". This force, the President said, would be held in Vietnam until the government of north Vietnam releases American prisoners of war, and agrees to free elections in South Vietnam.