Another group of United States servicemen released by North Vietnam arrived at Travis Air Force Base in California on Friday (16 February).
GV Alvarez down steps of aircraft
SCU Alvarez speaks
GV & SV PAN John Dunn shaking hands with women who wore his POW bracelet
MV & SV PAN Army Specialist 4th Class Richard Springden goes to crowd, gives clenched fist salute (2 shots)
SV Air Force Col. Roger McDaniel mingles with crowd (3 shots)
REPORTER: "Among the P.O.W.s today was Navy Lieutenant Commander Everett Alvarez, held prisoner the longest. He talked about what impressed him the most when he got home."
ALVAREZ: "Well, the mini skirts of all things. Looks pretty good to me. That was the first of many, many changes....(BECOMES INDISTINCT.)"
REPORTER: "Then Lieutenant Colonel John Dunn was introduced to two women who wore his prisoner of war bracelet. He thanked the women and shook their hands. Army specialist fourth class Richard Springden mingled with the crowd, and when he was led away, Springden gave a clenched fist salute.
"Air Force Colonel Roger McFaniel also mingled with the crowd. The remaining twenty prisoners of war still in the Philippines will arrive here tomorrow."
Initials BB/2326 RW/DW/BB/2311
The film includes the following commentary by N.B.C. reporter Vic Biondi and speech. An alternative commentary is provided overleaf.
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Background: Another group of United States servicemen released by North Vietnam arrived at Travis Air Force Base in California on Friday (16 February).
Among them was the longest serving P.O.W., Everett Alvarez, who commented that the mini skirt was the biggest change he'd noticed.
Another P.O.W. gave a clenched fist salute on return while a third could only praise his family.