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In Laos, Kerry has memories of a rice paddy both beautiful and haunting

Jan 25, 2016 - Washington Post Blogs

VIENTIANE, Laos - John F. Kerry was in Laos as secretary of state, to meet the prime minister, and Bill Gadoury was here as a Defense Department civilian employee nearing retirement, but on Monday they were just two Vietnam War vets sitting around hashing over unfinished business.

Gadoury went to Kerry's hotel to brief him on successful efforts to identify and return the remains of 271 airmen downed over Laos in the 1960s and early 1970s, when the United States was trying to stop traffic a...