Earl Swift Where They Lay

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Where They Lay

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The US government has an unspoken pledge with every man and woman it sends into battle: you may be wounded doing your duty, you may even be killed, but you won't be left behind...On 20 March 1971, during the largest helicopter battle in history, an American chopper on a suicide rescue mission exploded in the skies over Laos

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Earl Swift is an award-winning American journalist. Nominated three times for a Pulitzer Prize, his work has appeared in many US papers and magazines. A Fulbright fellow in New Zealand in 1994-5, he now lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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"'A poignant tale of one war and four lost lives. And the story of all who never came back'" * JAMES BRADLEY, author of Flags of Our Fathers *

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