South Viet Nam: New Guns & Old Problems

A new element of firepower joined the growing weight of U.S. arms in Viet Nam. Into the shoaling waters of South Viet Nam's east coast swept the slim destroyers of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, searching out Viet Cong concentrations with their hard-hitting 5-in. guns. In half a dozen operations, naval artillery socked more than 370 rounds onto targets as deep as four miles inland. The big rifles proved effective: sharpshooting by the U.S.S. Somers broke the back of a Communist assault on a district headquarters in Binh Thuan province, killing twelve and...

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