AMERICAN NOTES: Continuing Cost of War

For the first time in seven years, a week passed without a single U.S. soldier dying in combat in Indochina. But in that same week, ending Sept. 16, 4,625 North Vietnamese troops reportedly died, as well as 409 South Vietnamese soldiers. Another 1,710 ARVN fighters were hospitalized.

In that same week U.S. military aircraft flew 1,590 sorties in South Viet Nam and 2,120 in North Viet Nam. The South Vietnamese flew another 883 sorties of their own in the South. There were an additional 230 B-52 bombing missions, mostly in the South. The tonnage of bombs dropped in Indochina by...

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