A Letter From The Publisher: may 26, 1967

"I AM not a stranger to fear, but I have never endured fear as intense or as protracted as I experienced that night. I was so frightened I could hear myself sweat."

This is how our Saigon bureau's Robin Mannock summed up his feelings after the event. Reporting for this week's cover story on the Negro in Viet Nam, British-born Correspondent Mannock, 36, had gone out on a long-range patrol with Sergeant Glide Brown and, as described in the opening passages of our story, had landed in the midst of the Viet Cong.

Brown and his men were so close to the enemy...

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