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By Center of Military History United States Army, Mary Ellan Condon-Rall

The reliable account of a huge incident early within the careers of then-Colonels Stanley McChrystal and John Abizaid, this publication is a robust and compelling tale of discomfort, terror, satisfaction, braveness, and compassion. It celebrates the amazing spirit of the boys and girls who make up America's army group. established principally upon the first-person debts of these inquisitive about the 23 March 1994 incident, this legit learn by way of the U.S. Army's middle of army background describes the tragic occasions starting with the collision of a C-130 Hercules shipping and an F-16 fighter trying to land at the same time at Pope Air strength Base, North Carolina. The fighter then struck a parked C-141 Starlifter, generating an important fireball that introduced loss of life or harm to greater than 100 paratroopers assembled in a space adjoining to the airstrip referred to as eco-friendly Ramp, getting ready to board a delivery that may hold them aloft for a coaching parachute jump--the worst peacetime demise suffered by way of the 82d Airborne department when you consider that international conflict II. A quick-reaction venture by way of within reach castle Bragg's elite XVIII Airborne Corps assisted in responding to the obstacle The reader will realize the soldiers, medical professionals, medics, chaplains, volunteers, and kinfolk who triumphed over tragedy; a few by means of identify, yet so much by means of type--essentially usual humans forged in awesome roles by means of destiny. What they shared was once a fierce loyalty to each other

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And Spc Michael P. Fletcher, 2 Aug 95. u Interv, Lt Col Iris J. Wesl with Sgt Jacob T. , 25 May 94. ESPONSE 37 who died en route to the hosp ital were taken to the morgue. The hospita l treated and released 5 1 casualties, their fo llow- up care to be on an outpatient basis, and admitted 55-25 to intensive care units and 30 to inpatient wa rds. Another 13 casua lties were transferred to regiona l hospitals- 7 to the Jaycee Burn Center, 5 to Cape Fear Valley Medi ca l Center, and I to Highsmith-Rainey Memoria l Hospital.

Sub: Response to Ilope AFB Accident, p. 4 (herea fler cited as USA ISR AA R). See also Jones Memo, 3 Apr 95. 10 11 36 D ISASTER ON GREEN RAMP directed to the second floor intensive care uni t. " After receiving pain medication, he was assig ned to a room on the ninth floor. " Othe r pati ents had simi lar experi ences. Captain Wa lters remembered be ing escorted fro m the emergency room to the seco nd fl oor intensive ca re un it, where the staff set hi s burned hands in a was hbasin with saline and ice and placed some cold compacts on the back of hi s burned neck.

Some were badly burned; others were " horribly cut and to rn"; a few had no apparent injury but were just dead. About 10 feet away one soldier was "a lready the death-color of gray," although someone was attempting to revive him with CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). The Episcopal priest, who had entered the Army nine years before the tragedy, moved from group to group, speaking to the inj ured and helping to lift the wounded into the tactical and personal vehicles that began arriving to evacuate Cap/aill Bebber them to Womack.

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