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Air Force Strengthens South Vietnam's Defenses against Reds

Nov. 9, 1961 - The U.S. Air Force has begun a huge supply and training program in Saigon to strengthen South Vietnam’s defenses against intensified Communist guerrilla operations. The operation involves a movement of masses of U.S. eqiupment, planes, and personnel. It does not include the use of U.S. ground combat units. Whether the role of U.S. airmen in South Vietnam might be broadened to include tactical missions was not disclosed. Bombers, fighter planes, and helicopters are included in the aid program.


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