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U.S. Army Helicopters Pursue Viet Cong Close to Cambodian Border

Mar. 17, 1962 - United States Army helicopters flew within a half-mile of the Cambodian frontier Thursday to land Vietnamese troops. This region is the haunt of Hoa Hao, a Buddhist sect often in arms against the Government of President Ngo Dinh Diem. The sect sometimes cooperates with Viet Cong guerrillas. The object of the attack by Government forces was to flush guerrillas from trees and brush along a canal and strafe them as they fled across open fields toward the frontier. The American pilots of the helicopters said the plan worked well. The Vietnamese troops flushed the suspects from cover. They were then overtaken and strafed by fighter-bombers before they could gain the border.

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