When President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam visited the newly-captured city of Quang Tri he experienced some of the dangers which his troops had undergone.
When President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam visited the newly-captured city of Quang Tri he experienced some of the dangers which his troops had undergone. The North Vietnamese fired 800 shells into the area, and some landed near the presidential convoy.
President Thieu remained unruffled, but que soldier died and four wars hurt during the attacks.
The President made his visit to decorate some of the marines who recaptured the city. He told newsman his forces would press on northwards to the city of Dong Ha. Further counter-attacks, he said, would be limited to 10 miles (16 kilometres) below the demilitarised zone. The strip beyond would be "no-man's land" where attacks would be mounted on any communist forces entering.
SYNOPSIS: With Quang Tri city back in South Vietnamese hands, work has got under way clearing debris. The recapture of Quang Tri was a big boost to South Vietnamese morale, following President Thieu's pledge to recover all territory lost in this year's communist offensive. The city had been under siege for eighty-five days, and government troops found the city so badly blasted there was little left to recognise.
The weary troops soon had an important visitor.
President Thieu arrived in person to award bravery medals to some of the marines who had featured in the battle to retake Quang Tri.
The President was in triumphant mood -- he even remained undisturbed when several shells fell close-by. They were among a barrage of 800 shells pumped into the area by communist forces around the time of the President's visit.
Before he left the President revealed his next strategy. He intends the army to press on within ten miles of the demilitarised zone before leaving an uninhabited strip where his forces will attack anyone entering from the North.