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Recalling the Sacrifices of the Iran Mission, 1980

Thanks for "Calamity at Desert One" (November) by Rudy Wright. It is about time the heroes of that mission are known to the public. Both EC-130s involved were on loan from the Airborne Battlefield Command & Control Squadron (formerly the 7th ACCS). A brass plaque still rests in tribute in the cockpit of aircraft #1857 in memory of those killed that tragic night.

John M. Taggart, Seale, Ala.

This article was right on the money from everything I can recall. As a junior officer, I served as the historian for HMH-461, MAG-26. That squadron lost two enlisted Marines in that terrible tragedy. Later, I flew with the man who co-piloted the helicopter that crashed into the C-130.

The fact they tried and we, as a country, learned so much from that awful day shows we were not defeated. To the contrary, we succeeded in ways not yet imaginable, namely in the creation of the Special Operations Command.

Chuck Meachum

Lewisburg, Pa.

Identifying Deaths in Terrorism War

Re: "American Deaths in the War on Islamist Terrorism" (November). The Marine deaths in Pakistan on Jan. 9 were incorrectly identified under the heading of "helicopter" crash. Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 flies KC- 130F fixed-wing, tanker aircraft.

Bill Walden, Deer Park, N. Y

Two sailors-Vincent Parker and Benjamin Johnson-from the USS Peterson were omitted from your list. They were lost at sea on Nov. 19, 2001, in the Persian Gulf after boarding a merchant ship suspected of smuggling Iraqi oil. When it was intentionally sunk, they were not rescued with the remainder of the eight-man security team.

Michael M. Arrabito

Staten Island, N. Y.

Engineers in Korean Combat

The November Veterans Day issue was terrific. The article "Engineers in Combat" by Gary Turbak was long overdue. The stories of the men who earned the Medal of Honor should be told to all the American people. Thank you for reminding us.

Ed Moffitt, New York, N. Y.

Editor's Note: As in any article about an entire branch, it is impossible to include all units. Readers, however, asked that we recognize the 76th Eng. Const. Bn. (first to arrive in Korea) and the 10th Eng. Combat Bn., 3rd Div. The 84th Engineers built the Libby Bridge across the Imjim River. Also, we don't want to forget the Seabee's Amphibious Construction Battalions.

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