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Reports from a region in conflict

Flags for home
by John Pendygraft, Times staff photographer

[Times photo: John Pendygraft]
In Iraq: Aboard a CH-46 helicoper, Sgt. Michael Hnyla, center, and 1st Lt. Brandon Whitfield, fold an American flag as they wait for better weather. Hnyla brought three flags as gifts for his father, grandfather and son. He plans to fly them outside the helicopter during missions in Iraq.

Sgt. Michael Hnyla talks about the flags he brought to Iraq.   photo
John Pendygraft

Read Pendygraft's online journal from Kuwait

Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-365

Hnyla talks about his family.
Hnyla talks about the flag for his son and the values he hope to pass on to him.
Related Online Journal:
Counting Scuds

All audio reports from John Pendygraft

Flags for home [3/28/03]

The music of war [3/26/03]

After the memorial service [3/24/03]

When duty calls women [3/17/03]

Interviews with HMM 365 Marine Helicopter Squad from New River, N.C. [3/12/03]

A report on what it is like to be in Kuwait as the people prepare for war. [3/5/03]

Times audio: John Pendygraft, Audio editing: Jack Rowland, Multimedia: Desiree Perry


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