ARMED FORCES: The Americal Goes Home

The wind-driven rain slanted in from the northeast and kept building until the eye of typhoon Hester passed over Chu Lai. home of the Americal Division. At one point, the officers' handball-court roof was seen flying end over end through the air: the roof of the officers' club went piecemeal. The house of Major General Frederick J. Kroesen, the division commander, simply blew apart. In the confusion of crumbling buildings and hangars, one man died, eleven were injured and 33 helicopters were damaged beyond repair. In all, Hester wreaked more havoc on...

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