The World: The Massacre at Fire Base Mary Ann

Situated way up in the green, thickly jungled highlands 30 miles west of Chu Lai, Fire Base Mary Ann had long been a secure oasis for its defenders, the 1st Battalion of the Americal Division's 46th Regiment. Last week, after the base was ravaged by a handful of enemy sappers, TIME'S Saigon Bureau Chief Jonathan Larsen visited the blackened bunkers and cabled this account of the savage night:

CHARLIE COMPANY, back from patrol, was ready to relax. The men filed out of the mess hall and into their bunkers, stripped to their shorts and...

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