The Resource 13/13, Vietnam : search and destroy
- 13/13, Vietnam : search and destroy
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- search and destroy
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- by Gordon Baxter
- On the thirteenth day of February 1966, we lost thirteen good men during an ""incident"" at the village of Tha Binh, Vietnam. Mr. Baxter, reporter/photographer, was there and recorded the minutiae of the action with painful accuracy. But in essence this is a protest against the protesters, the draft-card burners who were not there, who can't know what it's all about. And this theme is prevalent from the time of Mr. Baxter's arrival in Saigon, the ""open city"" where ""men on leave, from both sides, go..."" This city has its own ground rules for survival, i.e., ""Don't sit in the front booth at the bar. Sit in the back. When they roll the grenade in, it just gets the front customers."" He gives a sketch of the political history of Vietnam; discusses our reasons for being there... and staying. He personalizes the flying crews...men with seven Purple Hearts, the MedCAP operatives, the South Vietnamese merchants and blackmarketeers. Then there is his reaction to the ""search and destroy"" mission that took them knowingly into a cross-fire death trap. Photographs accompany every step, and they are occasionally stunning. The author can consider his mission accomplished.
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