Throughout Vietnam on Saturday (27 January)...the eve of the official ceasefire...United States forces were still?
SV US pilots landing
SV Men unloading bomb
SV Bomb with messages
SV Men decorating bomb
SV Sign Viet Allies its yours PAN TO aircraft
LV Aircraft on runway
SV Crews loading bombs (2 shots)
SV Aircraft taxiing (2 shots)
SCU PAN Trudeau arrives to make speech to troops
SV Audience (2 shots)
CU Trudeau speaks
LV ZOOM IN Canadian troops board aircraft
LV Troops boarding
CU & SVs Relatives while troops board
CU ZOOM OUT Planer rolling out
TV & CU Relatives watching (2 shots)
LV Aircraft taxiis
NBC REPORTER: "With the last battlefield search underway, returning pilots reported they'd had plenty to do. Some flew twice today, but those who came back for the last time said they felt some relief that their role in the conflict has ended. The F-4 carries bombs under the wing, and as usual the plane crews painted messages on the bombs or decorated them with a last touch of celebration. Signs of departure are beginning to appear around the remnants of what was once a huge American complex. Now, most of it has been turned over to the Vietnamese. There are less than a thousand marines left now an don the last day they were all working. There were still missions to be flown, bombs to be loaded, troops on the ground to be supported. Tomorrow the routine around the flight line will be quite different, but today the marines were still on the line.
TRUDEAU: You're going on a very difficult mission...one I think that it would be fair to say the government itself had some misgivings, and that is the reason why the government has limited its specifications to sixty days. You need all the luck we send with you, and indeed the world is wishing you that luck.
REPORTER: At this point it is uncertain how long Canada will stay with the peace forces. It has promised to do so for sixty days, and to extend that indefinitely if the government has its way. Its may means the right to report what its forces see in Vietnam despite the wishes of the three other nations in the Control Commission. Canada is quite willing to help with the peace-keeping job, but it wants to be heard when it feels that job isn't being done properly."
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Background: Throughout Vietnam on Saturday (27 January)...the eve of the official ceasefire...United States forces were still engaged in war missions. At Bien Hoa all 1,000 marines left at the airbase were hard at work, either flying or loading bombs. At the same time Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was addressing troops about to leave Montreal for peace supervisory duties in Vietnam. He wished them luck, but stressed that his government had some misgivings about their participation, and had limited their involvement to sixty days.
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SYNOPSIS: On the eve of the official ceasefire in Vietnam, American forces were on Saturday still engaged on war operations. Some pilots flew two missions.
Those who returned for the last time to their base, here at Bien Hoa, expressed relief that their role in the conflict was at an end.
These aircraft...F-4s...carry bombs under the wings. Some crews painted decorative messages on them.
With only a few hours to the ceasefire, all one thousand marines on the base were hard at work.
In Montreal on Saturday, Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau, arrived to speak to troops about to leave for Vietnam in a peace supervisory capacity. His government had doubts about their involvement and has imposed a time limit.
Because of the Canadian Government's concern, there's no certainly how long their troops will remain with the peace forces in Vietnam. Their term of duty could become indefinite if the government is allowed to report what its forces see there. (PAUSE 3 SECS) Canadian officials are anxious to be heard by the peace Control Commission if they feel the overall task isn't being done properly, or putting their men at risk.