Friday, March 1, 2019

Soldier at Rest

Associated Press Photo
June 24, 1951 was a gorgeous day in Korea.  It was on this day that an A.P. photographer captured this image of a U.S. soldier's temporary grave.  He was interred by his colleagues pretty much where he fell.  Per standard operating procedure, the spot is marked with the soldier's bayonet-equipped M1 rifle.  There are also two entrenching tools similarly dug in, one with his helmet and the other with his cartridge belt. In a matter of hours, the Army's Graves Registration team would disinter the remains and - over the course of a few weeks - forward them through mortuary affairs based in Japan.  Only after proper identification and embalming would the remains be shipped home for final interment. 

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