SOUTH VIET NAM: Death and a Dubious Cease-Fire?

Explosions shattered the cool early-morning calm at South Viet Nam's Bien Hoa airbase one day last week. For 20 minutes, 35 Viet Cong 122-mm. rockets blasted the sprawling base, destroying four F-5 jet fighter-bombers, heavily damaging a workshop and cafeteria, and killing one airman and one child.

Twenty-four hours later the calm was again broken—this time by the deafening roar of dozens of South Vietnamese air force warplanes taking off from Bien Hoa. Loaded with 500-and 750-lb. bombs, the planes headed northward on a mission to avenge the previous day's attack....

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