It’s been a long, long time since we’ve seen such a compelling picture. It was the homecoming for an Alabama soldier who was killed in northern Iraq. He was supposed to come home next month.
There are more pictures from photojournalist Bernard Troncale and the story from the Birmingham News at al.com.
There have been 4,227 soldiers killed in Iraq since 2003.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts where he was VP of programming for Berkshire Broadcasting Co. He was an editor at the RKO Radio Network in New York, and WHDH Radio in Boston. He is the founder of the MPR News’ website. He is a private pilot and flies an airplane he built.