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Defense Secretary Robert Gates personally lobbied the Associated Press in an unsuccessful bid that the news agency honor a family's wish that it not distribute a graphic photograph showing the final moments of their son's life after the marine had been mortally wounded in a firefight in Afghanistan.
The photo shows 21-year-old Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard of New Portland, Maine, being helped by squadmates shortly after suffering severe leg injuries in a Taliban ambush in southern Afghanistan in mid-August. He was evacuated to a field hospital where he later died on the operating table.
Associated Press photographer Julie Jacobson was embedded with Bernard's squad at the time of the attack and caught the graphic image as it happened. The photo was included as part of a package sent to AP clients that included photos of Bernard's unit on patrol taken shortly before the attack and of a memorial service after his death.
NEW YORK — The Associated Press is distributing a photo of a Marine fatally wounded in battle, choosing after a period of reflection to make public an image that conveys the grimness of war and the sacrifice of young men and women fighting it.
Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard, 21, of New Portland, Maine, was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade in a Taliban ambush Aug. 14 in Helmand province of southern Afghanistan.
The image shows fellow Marines helping Bernard after he suffered severe leg injuries. He was evacuated to a field hospital where he died on the operating table.
Originally posted by truth/seeker
War is "Hell" and this picture proves the "True Reality" of it!
If the picture bothers you so much, voice your opinion to end
War and bring Our Soliders home!!!
Reality is not a flagged draped coffin, TPTB show us!!...imo
Originally posted by PsykoOps
They say that truth shall set you free but the reality is that truth will make you puke your guts out and pass out in horror. Especially in war and photographs are only a tiny part of that truth. They only relay a small image from the hell but that's usually enough to make most people sick.
Soldiers and photographers both seem to suffer the same effect on the field. They become desenzitized to where they are and what they are doing and they don't even see others as people anymore. I remember watching a documentary about a war photographer named James Nachtwey and the thing that struckt me was how he didn't seem to care. You can't stop to care, you have to take that shot and you care when you get back home and every night when you see those places in your dreams.