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Twelve Viet Cong Killed by Government Forces

Apr. 11, 1962 - A United States military source said today that 12 Vietnamese Communist guerrillas were killed as the band that captured four American sergeants was being pursued. The source said that Vietnamese villagers who were carrying the dead guerrillas in blankets and ponchos dropped the bodies and fled when American fighter bombers appeared overhead. The villagers had been conscripted by the Viet Cong, he said. Two American sergeants (pictured) wounded in the initial assault on their bivouac at 8 a.m. Sunday were murdered, according to the U.S. source, by their Viet Cong captors. Two others, who had arrived in Vietnam only a week before, are presumably still prisoners of the Communists, the source said. The dead soldiers were identified as Sgt. Wayne E. Marchand (left) of Plattsmouth, Neb., and St. James Gabriel (right) of Honolulu.

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