South Viet Nam: The Growing Pressure

It was just a year ago that the first wave of U.S. Marines, M-14 rifles clutched at high port, waded ashore at Danang. The landing came at a dismally low point in South Viet Nam's long struggle for independence, with the Viet Cong on the offensive and threatening to cut the country in half. The marines were the U.S. reply, the commitment of the first organized American combat units to the ground war in Southeast Asia.

Since then, that commitment has grown to 215,000 U.S. fighting men, and the character of the struggle for South Viet Nam has vastly changed. Beginning...

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