• Short Summary

    On the American assault carrier OKINAWA off Danang, 43 American navy men were awarded military decorations by the South Vietnamese Government.

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    Aerial view carrier USS Okinawa
    3 ft


    small boat alongside
    5 ft


    cu medals
    6 1/2 ft


    Prime Minister Khiem & others down on platform
    9 ft


    ca. guard
    11 ft


    Khiem inspects guard of honour
    14 ft


    ms medal recipients
    16 ft


    Khiem speaks
    19 ft


    ms medal recipients
    20 ft


    Khiem presents decorations
    25 ft


    ca guard
    26 ft


    General Bien presents decorations
    29 ft


    ws exterior tilt radar to flight deck & helicopters. Khiem and party out
    41 ft


    Khiem aboard helicopter and away
    48 ft



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: On the American assault carrier OKINAWA off Danang, 43 American navy men were awarded military decorations by the South Vietnamese Government. Another 314 awards were to be presented later to American sailors unable to attend the ceremony on Wednesday (October 7th).

    The South Vietnamese Prime Minister, Mr Tran Thien Khiem, and members of his cabinet presented the awards. They were accompanied on board the Okinawa by the American Deputy Ambassador to South Vietnam, Mr. Colby.

    Originally it was intended that President Thieu and Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker would present the awards. However, they cancelled their attendance for discussions on the eve of President Nixon's latest peace initiative for Indo-China.

    The ceremony was the tenth in recent years at which American navy personnel have received South Vietnamese decorations. The highest award of the day went to Vice Admiral M. G. Weisner, the commander of the U. S. Seventh Fleet. He received the National Order of Vietnam, third class, and also the Gallantry Cross. Five other American admirals were also on the list of medal recipients.

    After the ceremony, Prime Minister Khiem and his cabinet members returned to Saigon by helicopter. In a written address to mark the occasion, the American Ambassador, Ellsworth Bunker, said that the Seventh Fleet was making a major contribution to the defence of American interests in this vital part of the world.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB15FBY4QRA9M230Y4ZHKGMFCQ
    Media URN:
    VLVAB15FBY4QRA9M230Y4ZHKGMFCQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/10/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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