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Protected by thought
Running down a South Vietnam jungle trail straight into enemy fire, a Marine was free of fear—and unhurt—in doing his duty.
A line Of Marines , 120-men long, quietly snaked its way along a narrow South Vietnamese jungle trail just below the demilitarized zone with North Vietnam. It was 1966, and these Marines were sent to stop North Vietnamese Army units that were coming through the DMZ in violation of international agreements.
"In the process, they saw us before we saw them," explains Brian Morse, who was a first lieutenant at the time. "The company I was with came under ambush by a North Vietnamese regiment of about 500."
In the thick jungle, the Americans couldn't see where the rifle and mortar fire was coming from, so they couldn't return fire. Casualties mounted—18 killed, 50 wounded. That's when Morse, an artillery forward observer, had to start doing what might have seemed impossible.
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Weapons that heal
with contributions from Diane Cihangir, Garrett Stone, Theresa Meehan, Teri Fox Stayner, Joy Bennett
items of interest
with contributions from Dan Rather, Lilly A. Evans
NEUTRALIZE THE FEAR of infection and disease
By Richard Bergenheim
Grace and the Mind we all belong to
By Margaret Rogers
Strong, with God
By Earline Shoemake
'Don't forget your helmet'
By Bea Roegge
First line of defense
By Marilyn C. Jones
Three points on staying alert
By Elise L. Moore
Love dissolves the anger
By Evan Mehlenbacher
Digging in and staying with it
By Bill Dawley
with contributions from Mary Swinney, Jeffrey Hildner, Katherine Leech, Leslee Godfrey Allen, Silke and Corvin Huber, John Keough
Being in harmony with God was my right
Gillian Litchfield with contributions from Peter Tonge
On the road again
Kristin A. Jamerson
Leg wound quickly healed
Hopeful message, healing message
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