SOUTH VIET NAM: A Question of Protection

Besides being short, I didn't haveany knowledge of the area. It wasn't worth maybe getting shot.

Short, in the vernacular of the G.I., is the happy state in which one has only a few more days or weeks to serve before shipping home. That was the status of the Air Cavalry soldier who explained last week his reasons for declaring that he would not go on patrol. In a sense, it is also the status of the entire 210,000-man force remaining in Viet Nam. Nobody wants to take risks, but particularly not a soldier who is short—as an incident...

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