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Disaster On Green Ramp: The Army's Response

by Mary Ellen Condon-rall

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A powerful story of pain, terror, pride, courage, and compassion, this work celebrates the magnificent spirit of the men and women who make up America's military community. Based largely upon the first-person accounts of those involved in the 23 March 1994, this official study by the U.S. Army's Center of Military History describes the tragic events beginning with the collision of two aircraft attempting to land simultaneously at Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina. The crash produced a massive fire that brought death or injury to more than a hundred paratroopers assembled in an area adjacent to the airstrip known as Green Ramp, preparing to board a transport that would carry them aloft for a training parachute jump - the worst peacetime loss of life suffered by the 82d Airborne Division since World War II. The reader will recognize the troopers, doctors, medics, chaplains, volunteers, and family members who triumphed over tragedy; some by name, but most by type - essentially ordinary people cast in extraordinary roles by fate. What they shared was a fierce loyalty to one another.



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