US Marines reach Indonesia quake zone
posted at 10:53 am on May 31, 2006 by Bryan
The US Marines: Doing a job Americans always do:
U.S. Marines joined an international effort Tuesday to deliver aid and medical equipment to about 200,000 Indonesians left homeless by a devastating earthquake, as hopes faded of finding more survivors.
Two U.S. Marine cargo planes carrying a mobile field hospital landed in Yogyakarta, closest to the quake area in central Java, after cracks in the airport runway were patched.
A disaster assistance response team from the U.S. Agency for International Development is being readied and the amphibious assault ship USS Essex, which has extensive medical facilities, is en route to the area, White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino said.