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Two Marines silhouetted by flames and smoke while fighting fire in a dark field.

"One day an incoming rocket ignited the aviation fuel hoses, turning them into sputtering fuses leading straight to the main gasoline dump. A single wild spark might have sent the whole tank farm sky-high, but a handful of men doused the flames. [Khe Sanh, February 1968.]" Life. 23 Feb. 1968. p. 28.