December 11, 2005

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori

Filed under: Laws and Sausages, The Old Dirty War — tomemos @ 2:50 pm


“Dead heroes are supposed to come home with their coffins draped with the American flag — greeted by a color guard.

But in reality, many are arriving as freight on commercial airliners — stuffed in the belly of a plane with suitcases and other cargo.”

I’ve rarely been so sickened by a news piece as I was by this. Just that word, “freight,” makes me nauseous.



  1. “Be the first one on your block to have your boy come home in a box”

    “Now–one, two, three, four, what the hell are we fighting for?”

    Comment by Am — December 11, 2005 @ 4:21 pm

  2. It’s not an uncommon practice to place dead soldiers on commecial planes after they leaving Bolling; many airlines have special areas in the hold for this purpose, so that the transport containers (the official name for the boxes containing the bodies) are not kept directly with other freight. A color guard flies with them in a regular seat.

    Comment by locks — December 11, 2005 @ 8:56 pm

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