South Viet Nam: C-Day


Months in the planning, "C-day" broke bright and early across South Viet Nam. U.S. command posts received coded radio instructions while most troops were still asleep, promptly ordered all personnel to muster for an alert. Base commanders dismissed Vietnamese civilian employees for the day and sealed off installations to ail outsiders. "We needed a period of limited combat activity," said Colonel Melvin E. Richmond, the man who oversaw the mission. "Operational requirements dictated the timing."

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