South Viet Nam: Greeted by Waves

It was only three months ago that the men of the U.S. 4th Infantry Division disembarked in Viet Nam. Since then they have been largely preoccupied with the routine of settling in—250 miles north of Saigon in a highland base camp near Pleiku. Last week, the Ivy made its first major contact with the enemy.

Slipping silently through the tall elephant grass surrounding a company perimeter near the Cambodian border, some 150 North Vietnamese regulars launched a grenade attack. Taken by surprise, the 175-man American company suffered "moderate casualties"official jargon meaning it was hit hard. After a fierce two-hour tussle,...

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