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remainder of my career with the all-volunteer force. There are good arguments to be made for both. I thought the draft Army was more reflective of society as a whole and provided a great learning environment for young men and women from very dif- ferent walks of life. Col. Gary Bridgewater, USA (Ret) Boonville, Mo.


21-GUN SALUTE? Regarding Cmdr. Gordon Spen- ce’s letter in the November Your Views: Every servicemember buried with “full military hon- ors” receives a 21-gun salute as part of the funeral ceremony.


The firing detail consists of seven members. There are three volleys fired; 7 x 3 = 21-gun sa- lute. Hope this clears the air. Lt. Col. William S. Bodner Jr., USA (Ret) via email


EXTRA HISTORY LESSONS The survivors of USS Indi- anapolis [Pages of History, November] were treated at Fleet Hospital 114, a 5,000-bed hospital erected on Samar in the Philippines in anticipation of casualties resulting from the invasion of Japan, which never came to pass because of the use of atomic weaponry. I was a staff member at that hospital as a


pharmacist’s mate second class. Capt. Harry P. Miller, USN (Ret) Life Member, Flagler County (Fla.) Chapter via email


The November History Lesson insert indicates Nov. 11, 1972, was the end of direct American military participation in the Vietnam War. Have you for- gotten the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps missions flown after that date? I remember being pretty busy well into Jan- uary 1973. Col. Charles J. Crawford, USAF (Ret)


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