AMERICAN NOTES: Last Taps

The U.S. Armed Forces are leaving Viet Nam the same way that they came in eleven years ago—quietly. There has been virtually no pomp or ceremony. Though the 4,000 remaining Army troops will not be completely gone until the end of March, the U.S. Army command in Viet Nam officially folded its colors last week in what may be the most phlegmatic farewell to arms ever. If the event seemed a little premature, it was because, as one Army colonel put it, "It would've looked sort of funny to have six people lined up on a parade ground somewhere."

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