World: WARD 6

For wounded Americans, the way station between the battlefield and home is one of the superbly staffed US military hospitals that are strategically placed throughout South Viet Nam. TIME Correspondent Don Sider injured by a mortar shell, spent several days recovering in one of the wards of the 71st Evacuation Hospital in Pleiku and filed this report:

NARROW is the horizon in Ward 6, Surgical. It is a drab room, twice as long as it is wide, divided down the center by a low partition. Two rows of steel beds run like exposed ribs down each side. At one end is the...