South Viet Nam: Between Two Truces

In Viet Nam, the week began and ended in the holiday artifice of truce.

But the middle was business as usual:

grim, bloody and unremitting war. For the men in the field, the 48 hours of Christmas lull was hardly worth writing home about. Infantrymen and Marines kept up patrols on the ground; Navy and Coast Guard boats maintained the watch on coastal and river traffic; pilots of jets, observation planes and helicopters flew reconnaissance missions north and south of the DMZ separating the two Viet Nams. The Allies counted 122 shooting contacts with the enemy. Most of them were minor,...

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