United States and South Vietnamese forces were reported to have spent the quietest 24-hour Christmas ceasefire since U.
United States and South Vietnamese forces were reported to have spent the quietest 24-hour Christmas ceasefire since U.S. forces entered the Indo-China war in 1965. During the official truce period, from dusk on the 24th to dusk on the 25th, only four U.S. soldiers were wounded; South Vietnamese casualties were six killed and 37 wounded.
The clandestine "National Liberation Radio", the voice of the Viet Cong, had earlier announce three-day truce for both Christmas and the New Year, but the Saigon Government, following previous practice announced only a 24 hour truce for each holiday.
U.S. and South Vietnamese spokesmen said their forces had been involved in 78 shooting incidents during the Christmas truce, and Communist forces had lost 22 dead.
U.S. aircraft continued missions aimed at guerrillas supply lines in Cambodia and Laos, and South Vietnamese forces continued operations in Cambodia, but in South Vietnam itself, troops seemed in little doubt that this was the quietest and most relaxed Christmas they could remember.