The Press: Traffic Accident

When American paratroopers made their first combat jump of the Korean war last week (see WAR IN ASIA), eight correspondents parachuted down with them. Reported 36-year-old Robert Vermillion of the United Press: "It took the Communists by surprise; it took me by surprise too ... I was the last man to jump from the first plane . . . and anticipated no traffic jam in the air. But I ran into one anyway. About 20 feet above the ground, a paratrooper falling faster than I dropped into my parachute canopy and collapsed it around my shoulders. As a result I plunged...

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