THE NATION: The Misfire

In Hong Kong Vice Admiral Alfred Melville Pride, commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, and Rear Admiral Frederick Norman Kivette, commander of the fleet's Formosa patrol, were enjoying a routine leave last week for "rest and recuperation." With their wives, they were off on a pleasant round of shopping and social events. While the admirals shopped and sipped, the Chinese Communists were shooting their way to within hailing distance of the Seventh Fleet. Boldly, the Reds crushed all Nationalist Chinese opposition on Yikiang Islet, 250 miles northwest of Formosa, then poised for...

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