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January 20, 2007 10:56 AM   Subscribe

Marine funerals and the aftermath of Katrina. Moving sets of photographs that were worthy of this year's Pulitzer Prize for Feature and Break News photography, respectively. Powerful. Frightening. Painful.
posted by PhatLobley (19 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
er, "Breaking" News
posted by PhatLobley at 10:56 AM on January 20, 2007


The original RMN story brought me to tears when it came out. What a powerful piece of journalism. If you've not read the whole thing, please go do so right now. I'm pretty sure I found it on Metafilter when it came out, perhaps someone could find the link?
posted by popechunk at 11:09 AM on January 20, 2007


here it is
posted by popechunk at 11:11 AM on January 20, 2007


Thanks for the post. The Marine funeral photographs are heartbreaking.
posted by Nahum Tate at 11:40 AM on January 20, 2007


Thank you.
posted by nj_subgenius at 12:39 PM on January 20, 2007


Wow, that "Powerful" photo is amazing, I mean from a technical standpoint. I'm really blown away.
posted by delmoi at 12:42 PM on January 20, 2007


The original RMN story brought me to tears when it came out. What a powerful piece of journalism. If you've not read the whole thing, please go do so right now.

Just read half of it. Apologies, but it made me so angry that I had to stop.
posted by jokeefe at 1:18 PM on January 20, 2007


that SOB in the White House has got to go.
posted by etaoin at 1:39 PM on January 20, 2007


delmoi: Me too. It's not just an angle that nobody thought of before, it's narratively interesting as well, on both the literal and figurative levels.
posted by dhartung at 1:55 PM on January 20, 2007


Totally agree.
posted by Kikkoman at 2:33 PM on January 20, 2007


Ok. Thanks. You made me cry.
posted by Tablecrumbs at 2:35 PM on January 20, 2007


I've had the duty of performing funeral services for only a few active soldiers who have died in combat. They are some of the hardest funerals I've ever worked. Enough cannot be said about the soldiers whose duty it is to accompany the soldiers' bodies home.

One marine, who I buried last summer, had a fellow soldier by his side from the moment of his death to the moment of his burial in Arlington. When his plane landed in Atlanta, the next flight was not until the next morning. The airline offered his escort a night at a luxury hotel. The Marine chose to sleep on the hard floor of the warehouse next to the crate carrying the soldier's body. He helped the family throughout the entire funeral process.

At the funeral, the wife asked for the song, "I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe to be played. When it was discovered (during the funeral) that the wife had accidentally taken the cd out of the case and had left it at home, his escort waved us off when we suggested playing a different song. He walked up to the podium and, completely a cappella, sang the most beautiful, heart-wrenching version of that song I've ever heard. I still get emotional now, just thinking about it.
posted by ColdChef at 7:03 PM on January 20, 2007 [1 favorite]


Thank you, ColdChef.
posted by frogan at 9:10 PM on January 20, 2007


Man. Thank you, Phatlobley. Thank you, ColdChef.
posted by thehmsbeagle at 11:33 PM on January 20, 2007


I lost my home in Katrina, personal items were stolen from my flooded home by looters and my son left for bootcamp Wednesday..."sigh"...
posted by JujuB at 11:44 PM on January 20, 2007


<sitting at work furiously blinking away tears>

Thanks, Phatlobley, and ColdChef too.
posted by Harald74 at 2:20 AM on January 22, 2007


. (marine photos)
posted by pithy comment at 6:13 AM on January 22, 2007


I can't believe that the Katrina response happened in America.
posted by pithy comment at 6:16 AM on January 22, 2007


Thank you journalists. (Besides the tv pundits who pretend to be journalists.) Thank you to the real journalists and photographers who document history.
posted by pithy comment at 6:18 AM on January 22, 2007


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