The World: Babe, That Was Too Close for Us

DAY after day, Air Force Captain Thomas Hammons, 32, chatted with the U.S. adviser sweating out North Vietnamese attacks on the besieged rubber town of An Loc. But Hammons learned neither his name, rank nor serious feelings about the situation; their conversations were carried on over a radio link between the ground and Hammons' tiny O-2A observation plane and confined to business. Hammons' job as forward air controller was to hover over the city, receive ground requests and direct the air armada of F-4s, A-7s, A-37s, A8s, and Cobra and C-130 gunships dispatched...

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