South Viet Nam: $486 Per Chopper

To counter the effect of armed U.S. helicopters, the Communist Viet Cong have placed a price on the head of every chopper crew. Kill a helicopter and you win 35,000 piasters ($486). Last week the Viet Cong were doing well for themselves.

A mere three minutes' flying time from Saigon, heavily armed HU-1B spotted a concentration of guerrillas. "There's a whole mess of VC nice and open right under us," announced the pilot over his radio. "We're going down after them." The chopper descended, .60-cal. machine guns clattering, rockets dropping from the pods....

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