At the White House in Washington on Wednesday (25 November) President Nixon presented four men with bravery medals for their part in leading the recent abortive attempt to rescue prisoners of war at Son Tay in North Vietnam.
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SV President Nixon speaking (SOF)
SCU Nixon presents medal to Colonel Simons
SV ZOOM IN President Nixon presenting Sergeant Adderley with medal
SCU President Nixon presents Sergeant Wright (wounded)
SV Presents to Brigadier-General Manor audience applaud (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: NIXON: "It was a mission of mercy...an attempt to rescue some of their fellow Americans who were being held captive in North Vietnam under the most barbaric conditions. When we think of that mission of mercy we think of the fact that it was carried out with incomparable efficiency... even more important, it was carried out with incomparable bravery. As the Secretary of Defence and Admiral Morrow will recall, before I gave the final order I asked some very searching questions. I found that each man who participated in this missions was a volunteer. I found that each man who participated in this mission knew, before he went, that there was a 5--percent chance that the mission might not succeed...and I found that each man who participated in this mission knew that there was a 50-percent chanced that he might lose his life. After learning these things I asked Admiral Morrow how it was possible to get men to volunteer for such duty. He said to me, Sir, we could have had thousands to volunteer, to go in to help our prisoners of war".
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Background: At the White House in Washington on Wednesday (25 November) President Nixon presented four men with bravery medals for their part in leading the recent abortive attempt to rescue prisoners of war at Son Tay in North Vietnam. Forty over soldiers will receive citations for their participation. All were volunteers.
Before presenting medals to Colonel Arthur Simons, Brigadier-General Leroy Manor, and Sergeants Tyrone Adderley and Leroy Wright, President Nixon described the mission.