VIET NAM: End of an Ordeal

When Hanoi launched its massive offensive last spring, South Viet Nam's defenses collapsed so quickly that a number of Western civilians fell captive to the advancing Communist forces. Last week the North Vietnamese released 14 civilians, all but one of whom had been seized in the Central Highlands capital of Ban Me Thuot and held for 7% months. Among them were nine Americans including U.S. Consular Officer James Lewis, five missionaries and the six-year-old daughter of a missionary couple. TIME Correspondent David Aikman met the returnees in Bangkok and cabled this account...

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