The War: The Bitterest Battlefield

"You feel like an ant on a dart board," says a young U.S. Marine at Gio Linh, the American artillery base carved out of the top of a hill overlooking North Viet Nam (see color opposite). The camp's main gate bids a black-humor welcome to "the Alamo of Viet Nam." Like neighboring Con Thien to the west, Gio Linh is the merest outstretched fingertip of the U.S. presence in Viet Nam, an isolated and vulnerable outpost less than two miles from the Demilitarized Zone. It lies in a no man's land that has...

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