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    The 85-day seige of Quang Tri by South Vietnamese troops has left the town a devastated ruin.

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    The 85-day seige of Quang Tri by South Vietnamese troops has left the town a devastated ruin.

    Scarcely a building still stands around the central citadel -- now a mound of ruble on which South Vietnamese Marines raised their flag last weekend.

    There is not a sign of the people who once lived in Quang Tri, although many fled south when North Vietnamese troops over-ran the town in the May offensive.

    President Nguyen Van Thieu visited Quang Tri on Wednesday (20 Sept), one day after the date set in his pledge to win back all captured territory.

    However, much of Quang Tri province is still Communist controlled, including the northern town of Dong Ha.

    SYNOPSIS: The South Vietnamese flag put up by Marines when they captured Quang Tri citadel flies over a devastated town. The bombs and shells of the eighty-five day seige have left nothing but craters and mounds of rubble.

    This was a tower....this a truck.

    The skeletons of houses and shattered tree stumps give silent testimony to the ferocity of the battle.

    North Vietnamese bodies were strewn over the remains of the citadel. Government spokesman say nearly two thousand enemy troops were killed.

    But some were captured alive when the South Vietnamese took Quang Tri.

    This man told an intelligence officer that he'd been in the North Vietnamese Army for four months. He was seventeen years old.

    Although fighting continues around Quang Tri, reporters there say a mood of quiet has settled on the town after the weeks of battle.

    Am American correspondent, walking through the ruins found a letter, written by a soldier to his girl friend in North Vietnam.

    This desolate scene has since been visited by President Thieu. It was he who gave the pledge to recapture Quang Tri after it fell to Communist forces during the offensive three months ago. The President congratulated his men on their achievement - but there was a warning that more remains to be done. As the President visited Quang Tri, Communist shells hit a military post just six miles away.

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