Nation: SLOW ROAD BACK TO THE REAL WORLD

WHEN the President's Midway announcement crackled over transistor radios tuned to the Armed Forces Viet Nam Network last week, few G.I.s even paused in their tasks to listen to it. Rumors of troop withdrawals had been making the rounds in the war zone since peace talks got under way in Paris a year ago; when nothing happened, the results were skepticism and indifference. Then word reached the men of the U.S. 9th Infantry and 3rd Marine Divisions that some of them would be among the first 25,000 to be replaced by Vietnamese troops. Green...

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