The War: Over the 30,000 Mark

In one 24-hour period last week, 31 U.S. fighting men died in Viet Nam. Among them were 16 Marines helping to mop up a trapped enemy unit below Danang and one infantryman in a patrol that was ambushed 40 miles north of Saigon. One of the 31, impossible to single out, became the 30,000th American to be killed in action in Viet Nam since the grisly log was begun on Jan. 1, 1961. Almost half of the total (14,400) died this year, many in the three major offensives launched by the Communists since the Tet...

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