A Letter From The Publisher: Dec. 21, 1970

ADMIRAL Elmo ("Bud") Zumwalt, who appears on this week's cover, became a figure of special interest to TIME correspondents when he commanded U.S. naval forces in South Viet Nam. At a dinner in 1968, Zumwalt remarked casually that his wife was due in town next day. Recalls Correspondent John Wilhelm, who helped report this week's cover story: "We were impending since MACV had just sounded the alarm of an impending enemy offensive Zumwalt, however, had seen Navy intelligence to the contrary, but the weekend passed quietly. "Thereafter," says Wilhelm, "the bureau always checked out rumors of impending Viet Cong offensives by...

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