A Letter From The Publisher: Mar. 4, 1966

ALTHOUGH they have had their share of close calls, the TIME correspondents covering the war in Viet Nam had, until last week, come through unscathed. On Washington's Birthday, Pentagon Correspondent John Mulliken, on a two-month tour of duty in South Viet Nam, became our first casualty. He was wounded —fortunately only slightly—by a sniper's bullet while on a search-and-destroy mission with the U.S. 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade in a patch of woods 20 miles northwest of Saigon. The bullet drilled a clean hole through the heel, missed the bones. Mulliken, a combat...

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