Statement by the Press Secretary on the Release of 12 Americans Detained in Cambodia.
THE PRESIDENT is delighted that Prince Sihanouk has agreed to release the 12 Americans who have been detained in Cambodia. He greatly appreciates the excellent treatment which has been accorded the men from the LCU 1577 since their detention, and the medical care given the wounded helicopter crewman who has been in Cambodian custody since November 28. The other 11 have been in custody since their landing craft entered Cambodian waters on July 17.
This Government believes that the release of the men will contribute significantly to improvement in the atmosphere of relations between Cambodia and the United States.
Note: The statement was read by Press Secretary George E. Christian at his news conference at 11:28 a.m. on Thursday, December 19, 1968, at Bethesda Naval Medical Center. It was not made public in the form of a White House press release.
Lyndon B. Johnson, Statement by the Press Secretary on the Release of 12 Americans Detained in Cambodia. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/236405