Laos: Fortunate Five

After 14 nations signed the Geneva accord establishing Laotian neutrality last month. Red Prince Souphanouvong promised to release the U.S. prisoners held by his Communist Pathet Lao. Last week five gaunt and bearded men stumbled off a twin-engined Soviet plane at Vientiane's Wattay airport. They had been imprisoned for 15 months or more — and looked it.

Major Lawrence Bailey, 38, who had been assistant U.S. military attache in the Laotian capital before his capture in March 1961, was still weak from injuries suffered when he bailed out of a plane that crashed with seven other U.S. servicemen in a...

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