SOUTH VIETNAM: Butterflies and Spiders in I Corps

Khe Sank. The Rock Pile. Hamburger Hill. Con Thien. The faint echoes of these and other bloody battles of the Indochina war rumble across I Corps,* the northernmost military region of South Viet Nam. During last year's Easter offensive, the Communists captured most of the area; today it is the scene of a curious military standoff. Recently TIME Saigon Bureau Chief Gavin Scott visited I Corps—officially known as Military Region I—and cabled this report:

The young Vietnamese pilot skillfully eased the helicopter down into what the U.S. 101st Airborne Division used to call Firebase Veghel, named after a Dutch town...

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