American Infantrymen last week continued their patrols of the Parrot's Beak area of Cambodia, encountering little resistance.
American Infantrymen last week continued their patrols of the Parrot's Beak area of Cambodia, encountering little resistance. The men have been searching he region west of Tay Ninh since early May and for three months before that, were operating close to the Cambodian border away from their base. The operation was in an area of earlier Vietcong activities.
On last week's patrol no contract was made with Vietcong. The troops have been lifted to the patrol region by helicopter from their base. Before the Americans were flown out at the finish of the patrol, they blasted a possible landing site clear of foliage with rockets and exploded a Claymore mine to mark the spot for helicopter pilots.
The explosion caused a small brush fire which delayed their departure. As the men stamped it out, helicopters had to provide covering fire. The area had already been bombed by American aircraft.
On Monday (1 June), Martial law was imposed throughout Cambodia. The law calls for the death penalty for nine offenses, ranging from aiding the communist or listening Peking or Hanoi broadcasts.
Police acted swiftly in phnom penh in putting the law into effect. Workers at the Finance Ministry were searched as they arrived for work. Roadblocks were set up and many vehicles were searched.
Military leaders, who said there was no call for alarm, said the measures were designed to accustom people to what they should do in case of an offensive against Phnom Penh.