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Pentagon Rethinks Photo Ban on Coffins Bearing War Dead

Every week, Air Force cargo jets land and taxi down the runway at Dover Air Force Base, Del., carrying the remains of fallen U.S. troops. After a chaplain says a simple prayer, an eight-man military honor guard removes the metal "transfer cases" from the planes and carries them to a mortuary van.

By Ann Scott Tyson and Mark Berman

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