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January 24, 2004

Helo Down At Camp Pendleton

Four US Marines aboard a UH-1 helicopter were killed when it went down at Camp Pendleton (CA) Thursday night. It was an especially hard blow for members of Pendleton's aviation unit. Three of their own were killed in a UH-1N crash in Iraq last March. "This certainly is a tragedy, and we hope we are able to assist the families of the victims during this time," Maj. T.V. Johnson said.

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GOP Candidate Catches Flak Over Air Combat Photo

Something looked a little fishy when Pennsylvania Republican congressional candidate Frank Ryan's mailer went out recently. The brochure showed a picture of a military aircraft firing flares. Ryan, a former Marine, said in the copy that he took the photo on a "bombing run" that was his "personal response to September 11th that I unleashed against Al Qaeda and the Taliban." There's just one thing. The aircraft Ryan said was on a "bombing run" was a C-130 Hercules. "Our C-130s are not bombers," Air Force spokeswoman Maj. Stephanie Holcombe said.

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