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U.S. Military Advisor in South Vietnam Shot by Communist Sniper

Oct. 29, 1961 - A United States Army military adviser on a training patrol with a Vietnamese ranger platoon was shot by a Vietnamese Communist sniper today. The incident occurred 18 miles northwest of Saigon, near a Vietnamese ranger training camp. The wounded American, a captain, had the bullet removed from his leg at the Seventh Day Adventist hospital in Saigon. There are about 685 U.S. military advisors in South Vietnam. Most work with Vietnamese officers in Saigon and at various service headquarters and training centers, with relatively few going on field operations. Active participation in missions has increased with the addition of a few Army experts in guerrilla warfare. The wounded captain’s name is being withheld until his family is notified of his condition, which is reported to be “excellent.”


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