SO dearly won in American lives the week before, Ap Bia Mountain was abandoned last week by troopers of the 101st Airborne Division. Their aim, as always in the long war, had been not to seize ground but to disperse or destroy their enemies. Mission accomplished, they moved on to resume their sweep through jungled A Shau Valley, searching for Communist troops and stores. But the battle for Hamburger Hill, as G.I.s had christened Ap Bia while taking casualties of 84 dead and 480 wounded, continued to be refought far from A Shau....

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