The military usually provides an official looking picture along with the notification when a soldier dies. They’re usually serious looking kids, sitting in their military gear, before an American flag, and the picture offers no glimpse at all into the person behind the name.
Today, however, the picture furnished by the Minnesota National Guard of Pfc. Jacob J. Fairbanks, 22, of St. Paul tells us a lot about who he was and what his loss means.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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