SOUTH VIET NAM: Another My Lai?

O, the impregnable Koreans...

The Koreans are marching after us.

We are hiding while they attack us.

The sound, that sound of the mighty

Koreans.

—Poem attributed to a Communist soldier killed in Viet Nam.

Since they arrived in South Viet Nam seven years ago, South Korean troops have gained a reputation as the toughest and meanest of the allied forces. Off duty, they arm-wrestle and break layers of bricks with a single karate-like chop. In battle they are fierce, frightening the peasants by the zeal with which they patrol their zones of operation, which...

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