El Salvador: Setback in the Skies

The government loses a top soldier in a helicopter crash

As five companies of troops and a military band fell into line outside a San Salvador funeral home, a casket the color of a polished bayonet was lifted into the hearse. Fifteen minutes later, the somber parade arrived at the Church of Perpetual Help. The pews filled quickly. President José Napoleón Duarte slipped in by a side aisle, while U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering took a seat near the back. All had come to honor Lieut. Colonel Domingo Monterrosa Barrios, a man whose title only...

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