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The Son Tay Raid: An Intelligence Paradox

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The Son Tay raid in November 1970 during the Vietnam War was one of the most daring and courageous rescue attempts in history. Although it occurred more than thirty-five years ago, it remains a subject of interest and controversy. U.S. Special Forces penetrated deep into enemy territory, only twenty-three miles northwest of Hanoi, to bring home approximately fifty-five of their countrymen who were being held prisoners of war (POWs).


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