South Viet Nam: Target: Americans

U.S. combat advisers in South Viet Nam, slogging through paddyfields with government troops or hovering in helicopters under fire, have long been accustomed to the grueling realities of war against the Communist Viet Cong.

But until recently the U.S. colony in Saigon had gone largely unmolested by the Reds, and in the capital the war seemed strangely remote. The Americans even managed to create a Main Street flavor, complete with Brownie Scouts, a Rotary Club and a P.T.A.

Last week the war finally came home hard to Saigon's 15,000 resident U.S. civilian and...

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