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Helicopter hovering over field with Marines and body bags.

"Giant helicopters made the run to Con Thien, hauling vast netloads of ammunition, rations, drinking water, medical supplies and sometimes cold milk, fresh fruit and even real ice cream from the supporting base at Dong Ha, on the outside. The chopper pilots hovered ever lower, to drop for an instant--so those cocoons [of plastic, encasing deceased Marines] could be rushed aboard--then they were gone just as they had arrived, flying barely above the earth trying to evade detection by observers for gunners north of the DMZ. [September/October 1967.]" War Without Heroes, p. 65.