Fewer than 200 U.S. defenders, backed by massive air support, blasted apart a Red battalion as it tried to overrun their tiny patrol base near the Cambodian border, military spokesmen reported Saturday.
The remarkable thing about the battles of Diamond — there have been four of them — is the purity of the brand of war fought on the desolate plain that surrounds the camp.
It was a long day for Companies A and D of the 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. It began at 4:30 a.m. and ended at dawn Tuesday. When it did, a lot of people were dead.
There's nothing very nice about any kind of war, whether it's global or just an "untidy little war" like the battle against communism here.
America's top military leaders sloshed through muddy remote villages of the strife-torn Republic of Vietnam to learn first-hand how the war against the Viet Cong is going.
The first Stars and Stripes reporter sent to cover the Vietnam War — Marine Gunnery Sgt. Steve Stibbens — died Saturday in Dallas at age 84.
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