South Viet Nam: To Eradicate the Cancer

When he arrived last week in South Viet Nam, U.S. General Paul Donal Harkins, 57, found familiar scenes. Saigon's streets are thronged with U.S. soldiers clad in off-duty slacks and Hawaiian shirts. White-helmeted U.S. military police stroll in pairs past the bars and nightclubs of the Rue Catinat. In the high blue sky lie the geometric patterns of contrails from U.S. jets, and at Saigon's busy docks, U.S. ships unload wheat, flour, trucks and military hardware—all the material needed to complete Harkins' mission.

To newsmen, General Harkins crisply described that mission as...

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