The World: Ceremonial Stand-Down

The 3,000 men of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Air Cavalry Division, lined up on the parade field at Bien Hoa airbase last week, as a spectators' section filled with high-ranking officers from the U.S. and South Vietnamese commands. General Creighton Abrams, newly appointed U.S. Army Chief of Staff, was there; so was Military Region III Commander Lieut. General Nguyen Van Minh, who pinned the National Order of Viet Nam, fourth class, on the chest of Brigadier General James F. Hamlet, the 3rd Brigade commander. Then, while a pickup band played slightly off key, Hamlet slowly rolled up the brigade's guidon.

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