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Buell 3 had great soil for filling sandbags. Wet or dry the small uniformly-sized grains made a sandbag that was easy to shape. Walls made of stacked sandbags tipped over often, but seldom bags filled with this soil. We shaped them when constructing bunkers and they kept that shape even after days of rain. Plastic sandbags replaced cloth ones late in 1968. When wet they became slick making wall construction difficult. A hard rain lasting 12 hours could fell a long-standing plastic sandbag wall.

A shirtless Ralph Thompson escorts someone who arrived in the departing Huey. Ralph and his wife were high school classmates of former First Lady and current New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Ralph died in 1981 in Hawaii on his first scuba dive.

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