Lost Soldiers

There have been many photo essays about the lost lives that have resulted from the Iraq War. Nothing has been more potent or disturbing to me than the images I viewed in the New York Times Magazine article The Shrine Down the Hall that featured the work of Ashley Gilbertson. The images are immediate and intimate. We can all picture ourselves living with the "remains" of a loved one.

Wilfredo Perez Jnr., age 24, was killed in a grenade attack on July 26, 2003 in Baquba, Iraq. Home: Norwalk, Conneticut

Thomas M. GIlbert, age 24, was killed in an IED attack on October 25, 2006 in Falluja, Iraq. Home: Downers Grove, Illinois.

Carl L. Anderson Jr., age 21, was killed by an IED on August 29, 2004, in Mosui, Iraq. Home: Georgetown, South Carolina.

I think about the families and the heartache. Lives changed forever.
Thank you Ashley Gilbertson for driving home the true cost of war.