Rocky Mountain News reporter Jim Sheeler and photographer Todd Heisler learned that both won Pulitzer Prizes on Monday. Heisler for feature photography and Sheeler for feature writing on their story on fallen Marines and their kin.
When 2nd Lt. James Cathey's body arrived at the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac. During the arrival of another Marine's casket last year at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as one of the most powerful in the process: "See the people in the windows? They'll sit right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what's going through their minds, knowing that they're on the plane that brought him home," he said. "They're going to remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They're going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should."
The night before the burial of her husband's body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of 'Cat,' and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. "I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it," she said. "I think that's what he would have done..........
Story originally in the now defunct Rocky Mountain News.
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3,500 attended the public Memorial Service in Madras, Oregon for Army Pfc. Thomas Tucker who along with Pfc. Kristian Menchaca was slaughtered by terrorists after they were kidnapped at a check point in Iraq.