South Viet Nam: Humor, Horror & Heroism

For the first time in more than a month, quiet reigned between Plei Me and the Chu Pong massif. The dead were gone from the field, and the living took their rest. The battered North Vietnamese regiments that suffered 1,950 dead in the five weeks of battle had disappeared—perhaps deeper into the mountains, possibly into Cambodia. The American 1st Air Cavalry, which took some 240 dead and 470 wounded in the largest U.S. weekly casualty list since the Korean War, remained in charge of the field. With the guns silent, the men...

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