While United States' prisoners-of-war being released on Monday (12 February), the South and North Vietnamese were exchanging POWs of their own.
GV Road & bunch of man towards camera
SV Prisoners, many on crutches (super: 'Bien Hoa" (2 shots)
SV Military police
SV Jeep arrives in compound
SV Pressmen walking on to airport tarmac
SCU Officer taking photos
SCU ICC officer
SCU Prisoner ZOOM OUT TO MV as they board 'plane
SV (Night shots) South vietnamese POWs off plane at Bien Hoa
SV Prisoners being helped off plane & onto truck (3 shots)
NORTH VIETNAMESE PRISONERS WALK UP ROAD TOWARDS CAMERA TO AIR BASE; BOARD PLANE UNDER SUPERVISION OF ICC OFFICERS; SOUTH VIETNAMESE POWs RELEASED BY NORTH GET OFF PLANE AND BOARD TRUCKS.
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Background: While United States' prisoners-of-war being released on Monday (12 February), the South and North Vietnamese were exchanging POWs of their own.
By Saturday (17 February), the South Vietnamese hope to have freed a total of seven thousand North Vietnamese and Viet Cong prisoners.
The first exchanges took place at Bien Hoa air base. One-hundred-and-fifty- Communists were flown back to North Vietnam in exchange for a similar number of South Vietnamese.
Correspondents who saw the Communists leave said many of them were badly wounded. Some were blind and many were in obviously poor health and had to be helped aboard aircraft by comrades.
They said some of the South Vietnamese, released in exchange, were in no better shape.
SYNOPSIS: These men are North Vietnamese prisoners of war... on their way to Bien Hoa air base in South Vietnam to be flown home. Some of them had been prisoners in the south for five years, although the average was two years.
There were the first batch of Communists to be freed by the South Vietnamese on Monday... an exchange overshadowed by the release of United States' P.O.W.s.
South Vietnam hoped to free some seven thousand Communists by Saturday. Correspondents said many of the first Communists to be released were in bad shape and had to be helped aboard their 'plane by comrades.
Later, South Vietnamese prisoners of war arrived at Bien Hoa from North Vietnam. In all, there were about one-hundred-and-fifty South Vietnamese in the first group
Correspondents said the North Vietnamese did not seem to have treated the South Vietnamese as well as they had treated American P.O.W.s, and some of them looked like skeletons.