FORMOSA: Rough Week in the Strait

For the 100,000 Nationalist soldiers dug into the sandy soil of Quemoy Island, it was a grim week. While U.S. destroyers watched helplessly from outside the three-mile limit, Communist guns raked Que-moy's yellow beaches, effectively preventing Nationalist transports from replenishing the island's dwindling stocks of food, ammunition and medicine. Over the horizon, almost lost in the haze covering Formosa Strait, prowled Task Force 77 of the Seventh Fleet—the Sunday punch which the U.S. was holding back as long as the Communists refrained from all-out attack.

Sunday, Sept. 7—The U.S. undertakes to escort...

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