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Viet Cong Terrorize Malaria-Control Teams

Nov. 6, 1961 - The Government’s malaria-control teams have taken heavy losses in South Vietnam’s protracted jungle war with Communist insurgents (pictured). This year alone, 22 Vietnamese anti-malaria workers have been killed, and 60 others who have not returned from their humanitarian missions to isolated villages are listed as missing. The anti-malaria teams are armed only with spray cans against the guns, knives, and grenades of the Viet Cong guerrillas. Members of the teams have been machine-gunned by the Communists on main highways, shot down in villages and jungle paths, and put to death with knives. Others have died as a result of savage beatings. Many of the vehicles used by the control teams, which are equipped through U.S. economic aid funds, have been wrecked, burned, or shot up by the rebels.


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