I understand that this is creating quite a stir. But in the grand scheme of in medias res combat behavior and, yes, downrange humor, I'm neither shocked nor outraged. I surely wouldn't hang the pictures on my wall, but I also wouldn't hang the subjects. This isn't a Boy Scout encampment; it's war. And these are soldiers in the thick of it. Doing what soldiers sometimes do. I saw similar pictures in the National Archives, for example, of the World War II era Maquis and OSS confronting collaborators.
Our good pal Tug, who hails from the 82nd, promises to weigh in later on the current brouhaha. Meanwhile, I leave you with another example of combat soldiers encountering enemy remains. This picture was taken in Korea. The photographer was my own father.
|Photo by Norman Katz|