SAIGON — When the communist guerrilla attack on Camp
Holloway near Pleiku broke out Sunday morning,
cartoonist Bill Mauldin was among the Americans who
tumbled out of their bunks to escape the mortar
Mauldin was visiting his son, Warrant Officer Bruce
Maudlin, who is assistant adjutant of the 52d U.S. Army
Mauldin was sleeping in the same room as Col. John C.
Hughes, the battalion commander.
"Hughes went out the front door to take care of his
battalion, and I went out the back door to take care of
myself," Mauldin said.
He ran outside in his shorts and saw some of the
wounded men being carried to the infirmary. Mauldin said
the thing that impressed him was the orderliness of the
evacuation of the wounded despite the chaos of the Viet
Cong mortar bombardment.
In the infirmary, Mauldin said, "blood was all over
"There are a lot of reporters in Saigon," he said.
"What a hell of a note that it had to he a cartoonist
who was in Pleiku."
Mauldin was the only newsman in Pleiku when the