Laos: Ready to Quit

A fleet of C-475 lumbered over a mountain valley 90 miles north of Vientiane one day last week. U.S. jumpmasters gave the order, and 200 Laotian army paratroopers leaped out with a whoop. Ten U.S. Marine Corps helicopters landed in the valley bearing another 200 soldiers. They were the pick of the Royal Army and. hopefully, could stop any new Communist advance and stabilize the battle lines for the expected ceasefire. As the lines stood, the Pathet Lao held three provinces, and the government had at least partial control of the other...

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