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A letter from Henrietta Thompson to Jack Belden following his letter of Dec. 1973. Here Thompson is asking for Belden’s version of an account she has heard, she says, “from a dozen or more people,” of American officers proposing to leave the nurses (most of whom were refugees) behind at the start of the walk out of Burma, and to escape without them. Unfortunately we do not have Belden’s response to this letter (if he wrote one), but in the “Addenda” Thompson provides a new version of this story, which may summarize Belden’s recollection of the event.

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Burma, Myanmar, Jack Belden, Henrietta Thompson, War correspondent, Retreat With Stilwell, Burmese nurses


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Thompson Document 09: A Letter from Henrietta Thompson to Jack Belden



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