Nation: The Lessons of Vinh Hoa

The fortified village of Vinh Hoa was captured four times by U.S. troops last week without the loss of a single life. The Army, in fact, expects Vinh Hoa to save G.I. lives in combat, for the village, an exact replica of a typical Viet Cong settlement deep in the piney woods of eastern Georgia, is part of a new, expanded training program for Viet Nam-bound infantry troops.

The program got under way last week at Georgia's Fort Gordon and at Fort Polk, La., where another Vietnamese village has been set up. The course consists of an extra 98-hour week of field...

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