World: On the Waterfront

To fuel, feed and arm the Allied fighting machine, some 6,000 tons of war materiel must be funneled daily through the port of Saigon. The labor is usually done by Vietnamese stevedores; the men of the U.S. Army's 4th Transportation Command seldom lift anything heavier than a clipboard as they direct the flow of goods. But last week the Saigon Dock Workers Union went out on strike. To keep things moving off the ships, 800 U.S. soldiers stepped in to do the heaving and toting ordinarily done by three times that many Vietnamese. From cannon barrels to C rations, from barbed...

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