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Marines seated and standing along ridge of hilltop with clouds, smoke and landscapes in background.

"Once, in peacetime . . . the cratered knoll rising only about five hundred feet above the gently undulating DMZ countryside to the north had been known to local missionaries as 'The Hill of Angels' . . . Con Thien . . . From the heights of Con Thien, the men of Mike Company, 3rd Battalion, 9th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, looked down upon the DMZ during daily fighter-bomber attacks--and, at the same time, they often saw muzzle flashes of enemy guns when they seared the hilltop with return fire. Saigon and Hanoi considered the place priceless. Mike Company Marines viewed it through rather different eyes. [September/October 1967.]" War Without Heroes, p. 59.