South Viet Nam: A Nonheroic Non-Death

Viet Nam's Communists suffered one of their most embarrassing propaganda setbacks of the war recently when a Viet Cong named Nguyen Van Be turned up in a South Vietnamese jail. Though he did not know it, Be, 21, had been made a Communist hero in both North and South for having destroyed 69 of the enemy—and himself—by blowing up a mine in their midst after they had surrounded his unit (TIME, March 17). U.S. psychological-warfare men were delighted when they confirmed that the boyish prisoner in the jail at My Tho was the same Be who is held up...

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