16 - Wed., May 5, 1965 Rsdhnds Daily facts Marines ready if Viet Cong troops try to pull another Dien Bien Phu EOrrOR 'S NOTE: The following dispatch Is written by United Press International's foreign news analyst an special assignment in Viet Nam. By PHIL NEWSOM UPl Foreign News Analyst The French lost some IG.OOO. cechnically a unit under Soulh Df their best troops at Dien Bien Phu because they underestimated the enemy's ability to bring up heavy artiJiery tiirough the jungled mountains. The Marines intend to make DA NANG, Viet Nam (UPI> —'no such mistake. Ultimately, Americans at this bristling airi'^eir defense perimeter willi Vietnamese command. Even the air strikes that are being Uown by American pilots are authorized I'irsl by the South Vietnamese. The Fi-c;ich were fighting a French war. For the Communists, howev- hasp scoff at (ho idna that this beyond the 12,000 yardslgr, there are similarities. L'ufdlf n hr^Df^Be^^ Most of the Viet Con, could be another Dien Bien Phu. May 7 is the anniversary of that defeat which broke the fighting spirit of the French and drove them from Indochina in 1954. The massing of Com-) Cong suc- 3f a 105 mm cannon. Iresses have come through mili- Therc is no evidence so far;:ary surprise and political infil- tliat the Reds are bringing in | (ration. i\o one here pretends to anything that heavy. But as the young men push munist Viet Cong forces close; "'S''" penmetcr farther and far- to Da Nang leads to specula- 1 'her from the e.xpensive hard- tion they may attempt similar] Pj""ke'l on Da Xan tactics against the Americans. From among the 9.000 Ma-i rines assigned to guard the know their military intentions. Politically, the most frequent line of speculation is thai the Communists seek to wrest away control of perhaps as .hen could aliord a peace which «uuUl permit them to nibble 'I field, Karch .says he has no in-|many as a dozen of South Viet Jtenlion of sending them into the! Nam's northern provinces be^:hills on a man for man basis lore consenting to go to the base. I got the impresMon th'cl^8^"'^^ "'^^ giicrriila.s. i peace conference table. Marines almost hope ilie Reds, 1^= disputes the theory that il| With their line pushed some will try. itakes a guerrilla tu kill a gucr -i200 miles closer to Saigon, they Brig. Gen. Frederick Karch, their commander, only remarks' (-.uernUas. he says, only can dryly that the Marines will do'^e defeated through convention-,^way at the remainder of the their job. ' " lal warfare. i :ountry at their leisure. And the tough young men un-! They can have the hills, buij Communist tactics last Feb- der Karcli's command, eaehlif Ihcy want Ihcir prize they '""'"•'•>' ''•'"'l support to the the- one a walking arsenal, daily 'nuist come here to get it. |^0'- are probing closer to the green! E .NCcpl fur Ihc approaching} .Aided by flood damage, they hills marking the beginning ofj3nnjvcr;,ary and seeing Da'iucccssiully cut highway JVo, i the mountainous jvingle wliich.Nang as a political prize, there!which is South Viet Nam's only gives the Vict Cnng cover. jis in fact little to compare be-!ajl -wcather road running north Firing Back 'tween the French position of and south along the China Sea As they push Ihcir way 1954 and the American one lo- coast, through the shoulder-high cle- day, i They also cut Route 19, the phant grass and into suspecledj De.spilc the presence of S2,-i!;a,st - west highway running Viet Cong villages, the iMarines.OOO plus Americans here, onlyltrom Qui Nhon on the coast to are being fired upon and they Ihe Marines are capable o! Peiku, an American helicopter are shooting back. figliting as a ground unit. It is base in the Central Highlands. The success was only temporary, but in between lay the huge chunk of territory for which today they are believed making a determined bid. Familiar Territory It is territory familiar to the French. Just above Pleiku lies the [own of Kon Turn. Forces led by North Vietnamese Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap drove the French from Kon Turn and Pleiku became their last foothold in the Central Highlands. The thunder of jet fighter- bombers taking off for attacks 3n North Vietnamese targets or lending ground support to in- country South Vietnamese forces drowns out the sound of hammer and nail at Da Nang"s bulging air base. It is unsafe to hazard a guess as to the value of the Ameri can equipment pouring mto the base close to the sandy beach es of the China Sea. Whatever it is, the base is straining at the seams. Tent cities have sprouted on barracks lawns. New structures are going up overniglit. And the single mess hall never was meant to handle the 15,000 Americans who fly, maintain and protect an awe- ome display of aerial fire pow er. But the job is being done. PATROL — U.S. Marines ride on M -8 tonic during a patrol against Viet Cong guerrillas near Da Nong air base in South Viet Nom. It was the first time the tanks were put to use against the guerrillas. Three battalions of U.S. Army paratroopers have landed in South Viet Nom and more are on the way. (UPl Teiephoto) SEARCH FOR WEAPONS — A U.S. Marine frisks a civilian painter in Sanio Domingo for weapons. (UPl Telephofo) Get Cash Buyers On The Line With FACTS Classified Ads Other folks wont the good things you don't use ony more . . . and they'll pay you cash.' Just make a list of the things you want to sell, then dial 793-3221 today for the friendly Ad Writer who'll start your ad on its way to your cash buyers. 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