Even before the Communists agreed to exchange sick and wounded prisoners, one shrewd Chinese commander near Panmunjom hastened to prove himself a friend of the new Red "humanitarian" line. Early one foggy morning last week, U.S. marines on a western-front outpost heard a surprising announcement over an enemy loudspeaker: "Attention all officers and men. We have one of your wounded. Send two men as soon as possible . . . We will allow you to come as far as the defilade area without firing on you."

Through their binoculars, the men on the outpost hill spotted a lone figure, clad...

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