Photos of Caskets Bearing War Dead Released

After an extended legal fight, the Pentagon has released hundreds of photographs of caskets, bearing casualties of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Korea, and Vietnam. The Pentagon had fought the release of these photos, which were taken by military photographers.

Military personnel stand along rows of caskets inside a military transport.

Military personnel stand along rows of caskets inside a military transport. The black marks obscuring the troops' faces were placed by Pentagon censors. National Security Archive hide caption

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The Defense Department released the images in response to Freedom of Information Act requests made by Ralph Begleiter, a professor of communication at the University of Delaware and a former correspondent with CNN. He talks with Melissa Block.

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