World: Frustrated but Firm

How goes the morale of U.S. troops in South Viet Nam? Healthy enough, by all accounts.

As "advisers" to the government against the Viet Cong, the 16,000 American servicemen may give no orders, and gripe sessions in the U.S. barracks pour forth stories of daily duodenals. There was, for example, the time not long ago when three government battalions totaling 1,400 men encountered a single Viet Cong sniper, who fired three shots, then fell silent. But the government commander refused to dispatch a patrol after the sniper, explaining: "If we send men out there he might start shooting again." The three battalions...

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