South Viet Nam: Unexpected Guts

While nightfall across much of South Viet Nam brought the fear of Red at tack, the capital of Saigon used to sleep undisturbed. But the Viet Cong guer rillas have moved ever closer, and skirmishes occur regularly near the city's outskirts. Last week Saigon was literally jolted awake by the closest major clash yet— only twelve miles away.

Breaking a six-week lull in the war, a 600-man Viet Cong battalion stormed the district capital of Duchoa (pop.7,000) west of Saigon before dawn, ran into determined resistance by the outnumbered, 140-man garrison. Vietnamese Rangers barricaded inside a day...

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