The North Korean authorities said on Sunday (17 July) that the United States should take steps to prevent any repetition of last week's incident in which a U.
SV Military parties face each other for return of helicopter crew, Panmunjom
SVs Bodies of three U.S. crewmen being unloaded from truck (2 shots)
SV U.S. officer inspecting coffins
SV Coffin draped in U.S. flag carried across demarcation line
SV Only survivor Chief Warrant Officer Glenn Schwanke walks out and being led away (2 shots)
SVs INT North Korean officials (3 shots)
SV EXT Newsmen look through window (2 shots)
GV EXT Helicopters on tarmac
SV Air crew entering base
SV & GV Helicopter taking off
SV Troops walking to huts
SV Troops cleaning and assembling rifles
GV EXT Troops boarding tanks
SV Tank pulling out
REPORTER: "The end of the sad affair came just 56 hours after it began. The North Koreans brought the three dead crewmen in by truck, their wooden caskets lowered by North Korean medics onto soil a few feet north of the demarcation line. A former colleague, Chief Warrant Officer thomas Savage was there to perform the gruesome task of identifying the men.
"A U.N. honour guard bore the asked race the military dem??cation line. The only survivor of the incident, chief Warrant Officer Glene Schewanke of (indistinct) Wisconsin, was brought to the site by North Korean guards. He walked looking shaken but apparently uninjured. The North Koreans were prepared to be conciliatory to, in their words, use leniency and return the Americans without delay. All that was required from the American side was the admission the U.S. helicopter was in the wrong and an expression of regret. It was clear the North Koreans were looking for a propaganda victory: large numbers of press and diplomats were on hand, many from the communist world."
REPORTER: JIM LAURIE
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Background: The North Korean authorities said on Sunday (17 July) that the United States should take steps to prevent any repetition of last week's incident in which a U.S. helicopter was shot down in North Korea. The warning came the day after the repatriation of the sole survivor of the incident and the return of the bodies of the other three crew members. According to the United States, the unarmed Chinook cargo helicopter was shot down on Thursday (14 July) five miles (8 kms) inside North Korea after losing its way. The incident came less than a fortnight before the American Defence Secretary, Harold Brown, wad due in Seoul for talks on the U.S. plan to withdraw its 33-thousand ground forces from South Korea. NBC's Jim Laurie reporters on the return of the helicopter crew.
SYNOPSIS: The withdrawal of the United States ground forces is scheduled to take place over four or five years. The major U.S. army units now in South Korea are the Second Infantry Division, the Fourth Missile Command and the 38th Anti-Aircraft Brigade. They are the last American ground forces on the Asian mainland.
Nearly half of the troops are in the Second Infantry Division, stationed north of Seoul along the demilitarised zone. South Korea is now speeding up its own defence arrangements, believing that President Carter will go ahead with the withdrawal despite pressure from critics. South Korean observers fear that the departure of the American troops would increase the danger of war.