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The Final Sendoff of a Fallen Hero

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The Final Sendoff of a Fallen Hero

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The Final Sendoff of a Fallen Hero

The Final Sendoff of a Fallen Hero

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When an American soldier dies, the others in his or her platoon stand in formation and salute as the plane carrying the body takes off to the U.S. for burial. A report from one such "hero flight" in Iraqi province of Diyala.

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