Soldier of Fortune

NEW YORK (AP) — More than a half century after he died in the flaming crash of a CIA-owned cargo plane and became one of the first two Americans to die in combat in Vietnam, a legendary soldier of fortune known as “Earthquake McGoon” is coming home.

The skeletal remains of James B. McGovern Jr., discovered in an unmarked grave in remote northern Laos in 2002, were positively identified on September 11 by laboratory experts at the U.S. military’s Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in Hawaii. …

Soldier of Fortune, hmmm. Mystify, mystifying or romantic? What comes to your mind? Caleb Carr’s The Devil Soldier, on Frederick Townsend Ward’s time in China came to my mind: a young American mercenary, died in battle while fighting against the Taipei in 1862. Afterward, one of my ancestors took over his army, and ultimately defeated the rebels. Yes I came across the book during my research, apparently.

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