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The reliable technical and rigging notes for RFC and RNAS battling and coaching aeroplanes, 1914-1918 (RAF Museum sequence quantity 4)RAF Museum sequence quantity four

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W hy i t m at ters 17 ] need to attend to the bodies of his comrades. At night, the Marines would fire star shells and flares, which cast a ghoulish pall over an already ghastly scene. One man in the foxhole would keep watch while the other tried to get whatever little sleep was possible. Sledge wrote about waking during the night and looking across the surreal landscape: I imagined Marine dead had risen up and were moving silently about the area. . The pattern was always the same. The dead got up slowly out of their waterlogged craters or off the mud and, with stooped shoulders and dragging feet, wandered around aimlessly, their lips moving as though trying to tell me something.

Two Marine helicopters were dispatched on a search-and-rescue mission, only to disappear. The next day, two companies of South Vietnamese soldiers were airlifted to the general area of the crash sites and were fired upon by enemy troops. During this double rescue, three Marine crewmen were wounded and a South Vietnamese soldier killed. As more aircraft and soldiers became involved in the recovery of the recoverers, another fifteen men died. While there may have been some belief that Wadsworth was still alive—the crash from low altitude and the resulting explosion would have been good evidence of his death—it can be concluded that the rescuers/recoverers had been drawn into a fight because they desired to retrieve Wadsworth’s remains.

But, since the laws provided no funding for the government to pay expenses, the relatives bore all costs. 1 The next step came during the Mexican-American War of 1846–47. S. Army buried its soldiers where they fell; there was little else they could do. 2 Since more than 13,000 died and only 750—none of whom were identified—were recovered for final burial in an official cemetery, it is apparent that the procedures extant at that time were rudimentary and mostly ineffectual. As a nation, the United States made its first large-scale efforts to recover, and subsequently identify and bury, military fatalities during the Civil War.

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