Nation: Honors Course in the Jungle

At breakfast time on a jungle road in Viet Nam last week, Dwight Owen killed a Communist and saw dozens of Americans die. On patrol with a 1st Infantry Division search-and-destroy unit in the Iron Triangle 35 miles northwest of Saigon, the gangling (6 ft. 4½ in.) 19-year-old was walking down a path munching his B rations when a Viet Cong .50-cal. machine gun opened fire. Then, from all four sides and above, more machine guns, grenade launchers and snipers' rifles poured lead into the detachment, felling two G.I.s instantly. From a thicket where...

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