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Four Marines watching the burning of a crashed cargo plane in the background.

"A loaded C-130, machine-gunned during its final seconds in the air, skidded the length of the runway in a fireball of its own cargo--aviation fuel--and exploded, killing one crewman and five passengers. [Khe Sanh, February 1968.]" War Without Heroes, p. 216.