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General Taylor Leaves for South Vietnam

Oct. 15, 1961 - Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor (pictured) left for South Vietnam today and indicated that the U.S. would be reluctant to commit troops against Communist-backed guerrillas there “unless absolutely necessary.” His remarks appeared to reflect a tendency on the part of Administration sources to pull back from earlier warnings of the possible use of U.S. troops in the fighting. These sources are now stressing the possibility that teams of experienced troops, perhaps of 1,000 to 1,500 men, might be sent to step up the training of Vietnamese recruits. General Taylor will visit Laos and Thailand as well as South Vietnam. He is expected to be away two weeks.


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