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The area was going to be overrun by coalition forces anyway, after which these honored dead could have been recovered with no risk. So I remain somewhat perplexed at that decision.

Others will no doubt respond. This is something that soldiers do. Leave no-one behind. It's right near the top of the Code of Honor. Maybe only those who have lived and fought as a team can understand.

It's part of a code that's related to the commander being "last off the field", something that goes way back in military history.
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