Fifty years ago today, August 2, 1967
American and South Vietnamese troops destroyed one Viet Cong battalion and mauled two others massing for attacks on the suburbs of Saigon, a United States general said yesterday. Fighting was so close that ground troops waved off air strikes as too dangerous.
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It was described as the greatest victory of the war in the Mekong delta.
The House Ways and Means Committee today voted a cut in proposed Social Security pension increases.
The committee weeks ago had tentatively decided on a 13 percent increase, but voted by a show of hands to reduce the proposed increase to 12.5 percent.
The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved a $13.4 billion labor-welfare money bill after increasing it by $272 million over the House allowances. The total is still $16 million below President Johnson’s budget requests.