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AP Photo of Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard

09.05.2009 · Posted in Amazing Pictures, Famous Figure, Short Story

AP Photo of Dying Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard Stirs Controversy

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Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard, 21

Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard Was Struck by a Rocket-Propelled Grenade in Afghanistan.

Robert Gates, a Defense Secretary expressed disappointment Friday at news outlets taken and distributed by The Associated Press that used a picture depicting a U.S. Marine mortally wounded in combat in Afghanistan.

Despite personal pleas from Gates and the dead Marine’s family, The AP distributed the picture in a case that illustrated the difficult decisions in reporting on a conflict where Americans have seen relatively few images of fallen U.S. troops over eight years.

The picture created by AP photographer Julie Jacobson, showed Lance Cpl. Joshua “Bernie” Bernard, 21, lying on the ground with severe leg injuries after being struck by a grenade in an ambush on Aug. 14, his fellow Marines tending to him. Bernard later died of his wounds.

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Aug. 14, Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard is tended to by fellow U.S. Marines after being hit by a rocket propelled grenade during a firefight against the Taliban in the village of Dahaneh in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. Bernard was transported by helicopter to Camp Leatherneck where he later died of his wounds.

To AP President and CEO Tom Curley, Gates wrote a strongly worded letter on Thursday, saying it was a matter of “judgment and common decency” not to use the photo. A Pentagon spokesman said Gates followed up with a phone call “begging” Curley not to use it.

The Pentagon released its communications with the AP, after the photo was published Friday.

10 Responses to “AP Photo of Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard”

  1. Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard is a HERO .

  2. This is time to check AP and kick their butts in my language for distributing to make some cash from a dying hero and they should be tried in court. Your son is a hero and US is proud of him. AP should hang their heads in shame for publishing this photo.

    American and multinationals forces are fighting our battle against these sick killers. If these Fanatics win an inch of land free world will live in slavery and misery.

    These terrorist want to see every country on this planet turned into Somalia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sri Lanka and Iran you will see Afghanistan.

    Some of you may be fools, stupid or may be even ignorant enough to forget 9/11.

    hell with AP

  3. warrior I do not know any Americans who have forgotten 9/11. I do know many people who don’t seem to truly realize we are at war because of the complete lack of coverage of what is truly happening. I know soldiers who have come back that will never be the same people they were when they left because of the things they have seen. As hard as it is to look at images of war, it is necessary for people to see that it is REAL and not something they can pretend is not there because they never see it. AP’s point here is not to be mean to the family or to make money. They have plenty of that. They are trying to show people that this is REAL. Talk to people around you about 9/11, about Iraq, about Afghanistan. Most of them are “out of sight, out of mind” and because it doesn’t directly affect them they can pretend it’s not happening – until it happens to someone close to them. Let Americans see what is REALLY going on over there.

  4. Christopher Joslin says:

    LCPL Joshua Bernard’s exemplary service is a testament to our Corps and Country. As a former Marine I can only begin to appreciate his sacrifice. I pray for him and his loved ones. I believe that the publishing of the photographs depicting his service will only help those who have never served understand the sacrifices made LCPL Bernard and by other men and women under arms.

    Semper Fi

    CPL Christopher Joslin
    Honorably Discharged 1994

  5. Horrible he had to die, doing his job for America.

    Too bad our brothers/sisters/friends/family are over there fighting for a bullshit cause to get the super wealthy even more wealthy.

    Bless his soul. He is a hero.

  6. james andrews says:

    Too bad the media did not respect the wishes of the family in not publishing this photo who, like this Marine, gave so much for our country.

  7. The idiots who think “not publishing” a photograph in a DEMOCRATIC society is somehow “patriotic” need to get their heads recalibrated. Start by reading the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.

    This is a tragic loss of a fine young man, but hiding it away and pretending it didn’t happen is both childish AND sick. It also DENIES the young man’s sacrifice, like it’s something to be ashamed of.

    It’s not like the photo was taken from a foot away–there is a “seemly” distance, and at the same time, it does show the reality that is the mission.

    I speak with over twenty years of military service under my belt, so stow the “peacenik” bullcrap. I suggest some of the idiot armchair ‘warriors’ griping and whining about this get a grip and understand what the purpose and mission of the Department of Defense actually is. Sometimes, it’s not “pretty.” It’s not all flag-waving and crisp uniforms, either. If you want that kind of fantasy, put down your Cheetohs, waddle down to Blockbuster and get yourself some John Wayne movies.

    Grow up and deal with reality. And if you have a moment, say a small prayer for this kid and his family. But don’t EVER try to censor the truth–that’s what they do in those “other” countries, the ones we take issue with.

    Sometimes, when we meet the “enemy,” we realize that the enemy is stupid nitwits waving flags mindlessly, unable to “handle the truth,” and holding US citizenship that they got by accident of birth. If you want to show the world that you have a modicum of intelligence, by all means, DO be a citizen–and realize that ONLY the truth will set you free.

  8. Lance Corporal Joshua Bernie Bernard is our Marine of the Month on http://www.lowcarbmarine.com
    Thank you for your sacrifice- Semper Fi

  9. Julie Jacobson you will answer one day for your disregard of this young man’s family. They asked you not to show this picture publicly and you (and the AP) callously disregarded their wishes. You should be ashamed of yourself. It’s a typical result of a lack of respect for our military and their mission that we see these days.

  10. Are you kidding me? What’s there to be ashamed of? The ones that should be ashamed are those controlling the war machine that is the US. There is no lack of respect for our men & women in uniform, it is a showing of the cruel REALITY of war. Do you think its just a game? Its not “like in the movies”, people have given their lives. While this fact alone is truly a sad one, what’s even sadder is that they have done so under a false pretense of doing a right thing. The American public has been lied to and people like you Cyndi and “warrior” eat it all up. Just know that young men & women like Joshua and many, many others have given their most precious and value treasure (their very lives) in order for assholes like you to keep being idiotic and ignorant of the truth.

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