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Rear end view of helicopter on airstrip, with bodies on stretchers. Marines loading bodies aboard the helicopter through open rear door.

[Marines load their dead into a waiting chopper on the metal-slab airstrip at Khe Sanh. February 1968.] "Clouds sank lower upon Khe Sanh and its airfield . . . Night was near when two great birds beat through the clouds to squat upon the runway . . . messengers come now to carry off the fallen men of that day's battle. Men joining those other men killed in all other wars. Then they were gone. And it was night." War Without Heroes, p. 248.