A Soldier's Final Journey Home

A Soldier's Final Journey Home A year after the U.S. lifted the ban on media coverage of the return of dead service members, a rare glimpse into the last journey of a fallen soldier Peter van Agtmael Magnum
Peter van Agtmael / Magnum for TIME

Silent Night
The remains of Staff Sergeant William Ricketts, killed in Afghanistan, arrive at Dover Air Force Base on March 2. Sgt Ricketts, 27, was felled by small arms fire on February 27. On his fifth tour of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, he had signed up for service on the day after the 9/11 attacks.

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