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General Taylor Speaks at Arlington

May 30, 1963 - General Maxwell Taylor (right), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the featured Memorial Day speaker today in the amphitheater close by the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Ceremony. The general spoke a good deal about the war in Vietnam, where 63 Americans have died by hostile action while assisting the government in the battle against the Viet Cong Reds. Some of those Americans are buried in Arlington. General Taylor said, “The conflict in Vietnam typifies dramatically the new challenge which we are facing in many parts of the world.” He said that slowly but surely, the South Vietnamese Government was winning the war, “but this kind of war, too, has its price in American lives.” The United States casualty list from Vietnam may not be long compared to the lists of other conflicts, General Taylor said, but it “is particularly hard to bear in a time when we are living normal, peaceful lives at home.”


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