World: Rice & Rats

One day last July, Sergeant First Class Roque Matagulay, 31, a Guam-born U.S. military adviser with a Vietnamese detachment, ventured out of his compound near the coastal town of Phanthiet, 90 miles east of Saigon, on an off-duty hunting trip. Instead of game, Sergeant Matagulay ran into a band of Communist Viet Cong guerrillas, was held captive until his release last month. Last week, in his first press conference since he was freed, Matagulay depicted the spartan life and grim dedication of the Viet Cong.

Matagulay said that the Viet Cong moved freely over the countryside and that in the villages peasants...

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