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December 13, 1987

Families and friends of the soldiers killed when their troop plane crashed two years ago in a snowy Canadian forest gathered at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., for a memorial service. About 50 people stood before the row of graves to honor the 256 members of the 101st Airborne Division, who died in the Newfoundland crash. The mourners came from California, Florida, New York, Ohio, Illinois and Tennessee. Some had been waiting for loved ones at Ft. Campbell, Ky., on Dec. 12, 1985, when they heard the news that the plane, carrying the unit home for Christmas after six months of duty in Egypt, had plunged into the woods and exploded after refueling at Gander Air Force Base.

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