WAR IN KOREA: Year of the Snake

In Korea last week, with routine probing attacks and loudspeaker propaganda, the Chinese Reds observed the first day of a Chinese New Year—the Year of the Snake. On the U.N. side of the line, G.I.s had time to wonder whether this would be the year when the Red snake in Korea would be crushed under the heel of a more determined U.S.

In the operations shack of Seoul airport, a stocky little U.S. first lieutenant checked over his flight papers and manifest, then turned to leave. He zipped up his blue nylon flight jacket and cracked, "One...

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