Apr. 04, 2012 - Miss Vietnam trains to drop in from the air: and hopes the coservative head of State will permit women paratroops.: A dozen pretty 21-year-olds spend their days at an airborne forces training school near Saigon training to be the vanguard ind instructors of an all-womens paratroop force for the trenty-limited 200,000 Vietnamese army. Already they have 21 drops to their credit. But their big worry is that the Catholic president of the Republic will disband them during his term of office

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Apr. 04, 2012 - Miss Vietnam trains to drop in from the air: and hopes the coservative head of State will permit women paratroops.: A dozen pretty 21-year-olds spend their days at an airborne forces training school near Saigon training to be the vanguard ind instructors of an all-womens paratroop force for the trenty-limited 200,000 Vietnamese army. Already they have 21 drops to their credit. But their big worry is that the Catholic president of the Republic will disband them during his term of office
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Apr. 04, 2012 - Miss Vietnam trains to drop in from the air: and hopes the coservative head of State will permit women paratroops.: A dozen pretty 21-year-olds spend their days at an airborne forces training school near Saigon training to be the vanguard ind instructors of an all-womens paratroop force for the trenty-limited 200,000 Vietnamese army. Already they have 21 drops to their credit. But their big worry is that the Catholic president of the Republic will disband them during his term of office. As Supremo, 40-year-old Ngo Dinh Diem, a bachelor and a devout man, does not believe this is a woman's job, physically or morally. But the senior army officers realise what value those daredevil girls would have in a future defensice campaign against North Indo-China. They could drop over rear areas, and be used to take over communications, radar installations, serve as transport frivers and to assist in maintaining airfiields. The tiny women soldiers (they are all diminutive in stature but great in pluck) have given up their graceful oriental costumes for the camouflaged tunics of the paratroops. Crash he mets have replaced the traditional headgear of a cone-shaped straw hat as they train quietly to be ready for the day when their country may need them. (Credit Image: Keystone Pictures USA/ZUMAPRESS)

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