A Letter From The Publisher: Jan. 14, 1966

IT is with some pride that we report an exchange of cables across the Pacific last week.

From Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara to General William Childs Westmoreland, commander of all U.S. forces in South Viet Nam: "Sincere congratulations on your selection as TIME'S Man of the Year. This is an outstanding recognition which all of us here feel is most richly deserved. It honors all who serve with you in Viet Nam."

From General Westmoreland to Secretary McNamara: "Many thanks for your congratulations. I consider the TIME selection as an award to every soldier, sailor, airman and marine serving in Viet Nam....

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