World: Encouraging Returns

It is not only some of the Delta's youthful Red warriors who are giving up the fight. Last week the Saigon government proudly presented the highest-ranking defector ever to come over to the Allied side. He was North Vietnamese Lieut. Colonel Le Xuan Chuyen, 37, a 20-year veteran of the Communist wars, who until his defection last Aug. 2 was deputy chief of staff and director of operations of the Viet Cong's 5th Division, with responsibilities equivalent to those of a U.S. brigadier general.

Until last week, Chuyen served as a top-secret source of...

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