Fare Well, Grenada

Seven weeks after U.S. Navy Seals slipped silently onto Grenada's beaches, starting an invasion that led to the overthrow of the island's unstable Marxist regime, the last U.S combat troops were headed home. On the airstrip at Point Salines, still unfinished, the first ranks of approximately 1,000 paratroopers let out a whoop of welcome as three giant C-141 transport planes, mottled in camouflage colors, hummed into view.

Left behind in the capital of St. George's was a large hand-lettered sign, erected next to an American flag, that summed up the troops' warm feelings...

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