South Viet Nam: Papering It Over

In grotesque, funereal procession, the Vietnamese marine convoy pulled out of the rubber plantation—twelve truckloads of the living preceded by trucks and carts piled with dead. Thus, after seven days, ended the battle of Binhgia —longest and bloodiest of the South Vietnamese war. There were a few parting Red ambushes. In one a U.S. captain, leaping from a shattered Jeep, found himself staring down the muzzle of a rifle held by a helmeted, uniformed Communist soldier, shot the guerrilla between the eyes. Then the Viet Cong vanished as swiftly as they had attacked....

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