South Viet Nam: Reminiscence on a River

This time of the year, when the monsoons flood the Mekong Delta, water is everywhere. The canals, which are the roads of the region, run long and straight from swollen rivers. All war plans inevitably involve boats. Under cover of night, the Communists cart their troops and supplies in flotillas of long, narrow, shallow-draft sampans; the same boats that carry the enemy to battle take him away when he retreats.

Last week U.S. troops tried the same sort of tactics—with far different equipment. As ground fighting flared up after a two-week lull, the Navy, Army and Air Force teamed with South...

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