A Letter From The Publisher: Jun. 11, 1965

To some of the newsmen in Saigon he was known as "Meck the Knife." His name, as it has appeared on the TIME masthead since 1948, is John Mecklin. A veteran foreign correspondent, he went on leave of absence between 1962 and 1964 to take on one of the toughest press jobs to be found: U.S. Information Chief in South Viet Nam.

The war correspondent is a relatively new figure in history. Even newer is the PIO, or Public Information Officer, who is supposed to see to it that the war correspondent gets easy access...

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