National Geographic : 1962 Nov
Fighting against time, Marine crews repair helicopters at Khanh Hung on a rare morning when the machines are grounded. For safe operation, every hour of flight requires about 12 hours of maintenance. Hammer and sickle adorn a Communist flag captured by chopper-borne South Vietnamese troops. The author kneels at left. namese infantrymen. They had come to man hunt by helicopter. The flyers would be led by Lt. Col. Archie J. Clapp, commander of the squadron. Captain Jones's men were out to capture Viet Cong regulars who worked with the Red guerrillas as clandestine counterparts of the U. S. advisers. There was information that 752 Commanding officer of the Marine squadron at Khanh Hung, Lt. Col. Archie J. Clapp has de veloped bold new helicopter tactics. some of them would be passing through a particular area of rice fields in a few hours. But how many? Which way? By boats on the canal? On foot in the field? Nobody knew. They could not be captured in a set-piece assault. The trick was to fly low, spot any thing that might be the target, and then land troops to find out.