A First-Hand Account From Sumatra

What follows are excerpts from an email home by a Navy Commander who serves on the USS Abraham Lincoln and is flying helicopter missions in support of tsunami survivors in Aceh. We obtained permission to publish it because it gives a reliable, first-hand account of the extent of the devastation there, and of the great work being done by our armed forces:

[W]hat you’ve seen on TV or in the newspapers can’t even begin to give you an idea of the scope of the tragedy visited upon the people of Sumatra.


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