A Teacher's Guide to The Vietnam War: A History in Documents by John J. Fitzgerald

By John J. Fitzgerald

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S. 1st Cavalry Division making a mechanized assault into the village where the VCI cadre was hiding. This operation not only bagged the VCI target but also resulted in the defeat of an NVA battalion defending the village. With his Vietnam experience and his desire to return to the fight, Gardner willingly volunteered for the “detached duty” without having any more knowledge of what was expected of him. He only knew that if he was accepted for this new and potentially exciting work, he would no longer have to teach French.

Ho Chi Minh was quoted as saying that he was far more worried about our success against the VCI than against his regular forces. 27 Living in an apartment in Saigon and working out of the PRU headquarters in Saigon, Allen ranged across the length and breadth of South Vietnam planning, organizing, and conducting various missions for the PRU. Not adverse to danger, he routinely accompanied PRU teams on missions in the provinces, including several parachute missions. S. advisors in the 44 provinces of South Vietnam and conducting inspections of the PRU teams operating throughout the country.

They, too, had been monitoring the fighting and preparing to evacuate to the MACV compound about a mile away. Hubbard first wanted to go to the house of the Police Special Branch (PSB) advisor, located at No. 9 Phan Dinh Phung, to check on several people living there. Hubbard said they had not had any radio contact with them that morning. Hubbard and Jim departed through our backyard toward the Phu Cam Canal where the other house was located. The sky was brightening, but the day was gray and overcast.

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