World: Waiting for the Thrust

Waiting for the Thrust Khe Sanh, the imperiled northern position where some 6,000 U.S. Marines are surrounded by 40,000 NVA regulars, waited wearily through another week for what General Westmoreland still believes will be the largest battle of the war. Though the big enemy push failed to materialize on several predicted dates, the massed Communists were indeed closing in. "I see no reason to believe that they'll stop now," said Khe Sanh's commander, Colonel David E. Lownds, 47. With new NVA bunkers spotted only 300 yards from...

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