World: The Gamest Bastards of All

Each week, U.S. Army Major Paul Bloomquist writes his parents in Salt Lake City the same kind of letter. "The surfs good," he tells them. "The weather's fine. The beaches are beautiful." All the same, "Big Bear" Bloomquist will hardly miss the swimming when his turn comes to go home.

No Place for Sentiment. With 40 other pilots and crewmen of MEDEVAC (for medical evacuation team), Bloomquist has one of the most taxing and perilous assignments in South Viet Nam. Cruising above the battlefields in search of the wounded, MEDEVAC's helicopters fly a twelve-hour day, seven days a week, every week of...

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