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American Experience; Nixon; North Vietnam POWs returned, 1973

Part of The Vietnam Collection.


North Vietnamese POWs (prisoners of war)returned. 1. POWs in maroon pajamas walking (25') 2. More POWs, past rubble, including man blinded in one eye, carrying another man. Close shot bare feet over dirt. (42') 3. POWs walking, rainy airfield area (raindrops on lens), guarded by South Vietnamese QCs (Quan Canh – Army of the Republic of Vietnam Military Poice). Many mutilated, limbless POWs (55'). 4. Small boats and POWs wade ashore, grinning, carrying one on back. Cheers on bank. (25') 5. Men ashore, greeted, carried on backs (37') (Tranch Han River.)

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American Experience
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North Vietnam POWs returned, 1973

Series Description

Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

Program Description

In this three-hour presentation, Richard Nixon's life and political career are reassessed primarily by those who knew him best. The program chronicles his life from boyhood in Yorba Linda, California, through his days as a young Congressman to his presidency where he astounded the nation with his foreign policy initiatives and then left office in disgrace.



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Stock footage

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Tranch Han River (Vietnam)
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Vietnam (Democratic Republic)
Vietnam (Republic)
Military police
Prisoners of war
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Prisoners and prisons
Tranch Han River, North Vietnam; Tranch Han River, Vietnam (Democratic Republic)
Publication Information
ABC News VideoSource
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