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January 2015 – Letters From Readers

Readers' letters in the January 2015 issue of Military History sound off about American preparedness in the early months of the Korean War and the Lend-Lease program during World War II.

A Wing and a Prayer

Neil Armstrong’s flying career nearly ended soon after it started, when he was forced to eject from his F9F Panther over Korea.
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Miracle Landing Off Korea

Setting down on a carrier is difficult under the best conditions—but next to impossible if you can’t see.
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Farewell to CSM Basil Plumley

In tribute to Command Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley, who died in October 2012, journalist Joe Galloway reflects on the three-war career of Plumley, with whom he forged a deep bond during the desperate 1965 fighting at Ia Drang
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Online Extra: James Salter Gallery

The Hunters, the American writer James Salter’s debut novel from 1956, tells the story of an aging fighter pilot’s unnerving first tour of duty in the Korean War. A spry 233 pages (in the...
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Same Army, Different War

How different was the Korean War U.S. Army from the World War II model? Not as much as you might think.