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‘Yes, at time of death’

The morning of Sunday, Aug. 11, 1963, probably started out like a typical one for U.S. Army Capt. Ronald Taylor and his co-pilot, 2nd Lt. Benjamin Wesley Taliaferro.

Both men had recently completed flight training and were part of the more than 70,000 troops who participated in a never before tried military training maneuver called “Operation Swift Strike III.” Newspaper accounts at the time referred to Operation Swift Strike as “the largest peacetime war games in the history of the nation.”

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