Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard.
The Associated Press released a photograph of Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard who was hit by a rocket propelled grenade during a firefight against the Taliban in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan on August 14.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates called this move appalling.
Is it? Or is it just the realities of war that the majority have been shielded from? I googled Bernard and came across the photograph. It's heartbreaking. Bernard's mouth is slightly open, eyes are closed, his weapon lay beside him as if his hand just went limp, his tan uniform is stained with bright red blood...the only color you pray not to see over there, two other Marines attempt to help him, he later dies from his wound.
I'm not sure if I should post the picture here. According to the AP the Marine’s father had asked – in an interview - that the image not be published.
A dad doesn't want his sons helpless body all over the internet. RIP Bernard. You died too young.