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Marine running for cover with explosion in far background.

"The helicopter with their dead comrades had been gone only moments when, from an empty sky, the LZ-men and nearby tank crews found themselves again under a deadly firestorm of exploding enemy shells . . . A first salvo of three shells hit one hundred meters beyond the LZ-men, who flattened themselves in a slit trench near the tanks. Sure that a second salvo was already on its way, other Marines streaked for cover . . . [Con Thien, September/October 1967.]" War Without Heroes, pp. 67, 69.