The United States is building a new airbase in Thailand, to which they plan to shift a number of air combat units now scheduled for withdrawal from South Vietnam.
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REPORTER: The bombs were going to Nam Phong, a new American base 240 miles north of Bangkok. US officials don't like to talk about the base or the marines on it, or about the 15-thousand GIs now being shifted from Vietnam to Thailand. Most are either in the Marines of Air Force, and left Vietnam as part of President Nixon/s withdrawal policy. But instead of going home, they've just moved next door. The Thai government wants them here, but it does not like anyone knowing it.
SOLDIER: Sorry but there ain't supposed to be on cameras here.
REPORTER: Who can't we take any pictures?
REPORTER: Well what's confidential about the gate?
SOLDIER: Nothing....just take your cameras and leave please.
REPORTER: Whose orders are these?
SOLDIER: Never mind just leave please.
REPORTER: Now wait a minute, now whose orders are these?
SOLDIER: You can't have no cameras out here.
REPORTER: Who said this?
SOLDIER: The Thai Army doesn't want it out here either so....
REPORTER: Are you in the That Army?
REPORTER: Well then who issued the order?
SOLDIER: Look just please leave.
REPORTER: Wait a minute....who issued the order?
SOLDIER: Just please leave.
REPORTER: Who gave you the orders?
SOLDIER: Never mind just please leave.
REPORTER: What do the orders say.....
REPORTER: Not all Thais like the secrecy and one who works at Nam Phong described what's going on there. He said about 60 marines and navy engineers were fixing up the base. They arrived about three works ago and the first jets -- 32 so far and 32 more to come -- are already flying mission over North Vietnam and Laos. And based on all the construction going on, he thought the marines would be on the base for a long time.
Although Nam Phong was sealed off, this NBC news team slipped onto the base and briefly filmed part of the field. It was long enough to support both jet fighters and B-52 bombers.
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THE SOUND ON FILM INCLUDES COMMENTARY BY NBC REPORTER PHIL BRADY AND THE REPORTER SPEAKING TO A SOLDIER AND A THAI WORKER AT THE BASE. THE COMMENTARY MAY BE USED AND IS SIMILAR TO THE ACCOMPANYING WRITTEN COMMENTARY.
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Background: The United States is building a new airbase in Thailand, to which they plan to shift a number of air combat units now scheduled for withdrawal from South Vietnam. The airbase, near Nam Phong, has been sealed off and U.S. officials are reluctant to show it off.
A National Broadcasting Company to film a glimpse of the airbase, after being discovered and asked to leave. N.B.C. reporter Phil Brady says that about 16,000 U.S. soldiers are being shifted from Vietnam to the base. He learned that the first combat jet aircraft -- 32, with 32 more to come -- are already flying missions over North Vietnam and Laos.
Construction on the airbase is continuing, but already the runways are long enough to support both jet fighter and B-52 long-range bomber aircraft.