• Short Summary

    United States' Army Chief of Staff, General William Westmoreland left Washington to give a speech to the Texas National Guard Association Yesterday (3 April) in Houston.

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    GV Government buildings in Washington (SILENT LEAD IN)
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    CU GEN. Westmoreland
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    Transcript Seq. 2: Gen. Westmoreland:-



    "I was in command of American forces in Vietnam at the time of this unhappy incident. My orders with respect to handling the civilian population were: Care and controlling our fire to avoid civilian casualties and reporting civilian casualties. Reporting of any atrocities that might occur was very clear and very specific. I feel that as far as the command was concerned, that the attitude was clearly known throughout the command, the attitude that we would do all possible to avoid civilian casualties. Because the real nature of the war was to assist the South Vietnamese and winning the allegiance of the people, winning the hearts and minds of the people. You do not do that if you are reckless in controlling your firepower. You do not give appropriate care to the caring for the civilian population."




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    Background: United States' Army Chief of Staff, General William Westmoreland left Washington to give a speech to the Texas National Guard Association Yesterday (3 April) in Houston. He expressed surprise at the extent of public reaction to the conviction and sentencing of Lieutenant William Calley for premeditated murder at My Lai in South Vietnam.

    General Westmoreland was the former Commander of American forces in Vietnam.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC46E03IGJ34E0222I0OD72UBI
    Media URN:
    VLVAC46E03IGJ34E0222I0OD72UBI
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/04/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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