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Military airlifts


The airlift out of Kabul in Afghanista­n brought up emotions and memories.

I hope, as people pray, they also give thanks — thanks for the air crews and maintenanc­e personnel and what they accomplish­ed.

They all know their jobs were a struggle to keep the necessary perfection in spite of the stress.

Prayers of thanks are good and necessary.

My memories are 65 years old. My husband was an Air Force navigator, and we were living in New Jersey. He flew out of McGuire Air Force Base.

He left at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24, 1956, and got home at 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 26, 1956, as part of the Hungarian airlift, known as Operation Safe Haven.

It was much smaller but just as desperate for those fleeing the Hungarian Revolution.

Donna Schoeni, Grove

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