Sandbags laid out to read 'No one left behind' rest on the sloped roof of the 1st Force Service Support Group's Mortuary Affairs detachment's bunker at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Service members who die in the eastern part of the Al Anbar Province, including the cities of Ramadi, Fallujah and Najaf, are brought to the detachment before being returned to their families. The unit is one of two in the province, the other being at Camp Al Asad, which ensure every fallen warrior is treated with honor, respect and reverence. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Samuel Bard Valliere

 
Somebody has got to do it: 1st FSSG Marines leave no one behind
Submitted by: 1st Force Service Support Group
Story Identification #: 2004816145819
Story by Lance Cpl. Samuel Bard Valliere





Photos included with story:
Sandbags laid out to read 'No one left behind' rest on the sloped roof of the 1st Force Service Support Group's Mortuary Affairs detachment's bunker at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Service members who die in the eastern part of the Al Anbar Province, including the cities of Ramadi, Fallujah and Najaf, are brought to the detachment before being returned to their families. The unit is one of two in the province, the other being at Camp Al Asad, which ensure every fallen warrior is treated with honor, respect and reverence. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Samuel Bard Valliere Sandbags laid out to read "No one left behind" rest on the sloped roof of the 1st Force Service Support Group's Mortuary Affairs detachment's bunker at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Service members who die in the eastern part of the Al Anbar Province, including the cities of Ramadi, Fallujah and Najaf, are brought to the detachment before being returned to their families. The unit is one of two in the province, the other being at Camp Al Asad, which ensure every fallen warrior is treated with honor, respect and reverence. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Samuel Bard Valliere

Chief Warrant Officer-3 James L. Patterson serves as the officer-in-charge of the 1st Force Service Support Group's Mortuary Affairs detachment at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Service members who die in the eastern part of the Al Anbar Province, including the cities of Ramadi, Fallujah and Najaf, are brought to the detachment before being returned to their families. The unit is one of two in the province, the other being at Camp Al Asad, which ensure every fallen warrior is treated with honor, respect and reverence. Patterson, 37, is a resident of Temecula, Calif. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Samuel Bard Valliere Chief Warrant Officer-3 James L. Patterson serves as the officer-in-charge of the 1st Force Service Support Group's Mortuary Affairs detachment at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Service members who die in the eastern part of the Al Anbar Province, including the cities of Ramadi, Fallujah and Najaf, are brought to the detachment before being returned to their families. The unit is one of two in the province, the other being at Camp Al Asad, which ensure every fallen warrior is treated with honor, respect and reverence. Patterson, 37, is a resident of Temecula, Calif. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Samuel Bard Valliere


A Marine attached to the 1st Force Service Support Group's Mortuary Affairs detachment at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, breezes through the bunker the unit works out of July 31, 2004. Service members who die in the eastern part of the Al Anbar Province, including the cities of Ramadi, Fallujah and Najaf, are brought to the detachment before being returned to their families. The unit is one of two in the province, the other being at Camp Al Asad, which ensure every fallen warrior is treated with honor, respect and reverence. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Samuel Bard Valliere A Marine attached to the 1st Force Service Support Group's Mortuary Affairs detachment at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, breezes through the bunker the unit works out of July 31, 2004. Service members who die in the eastern part of the Al Anbar Province, including the cities of Ramadi, Fallujah and Najaf, are brought to the detachment before being returned to their families. The unit is one of two in the province, the other being at Camp Al Asad, which ensure every fallen warrior is treated with honor, respect and reverence. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Samuel Bard Valliere


Sgt. Daniel Cotnoir is a reservist attached to the 1st Force Service Support Group's Mortuary Affairs detachment at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Cotnoir was asked to augment the group because of his experience running a funeral home as a civilian. The 32-year-old's familiarity with the job has made him as much of a mentor as a leader to the young Marines in the unit. Service members who die in the eastern part of the Al Anbar Province, including the cities of Ramadi, Fallujah and Najaf, are brought to the detachment before being returned to their families. The unit is one of two in the province, the other being at Camp Al Asad, which ensure every fallen warrior is treated with honor, respect and reverence. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Samuel Bard Valliere Sgt. Daniel Cotnoir is a reservist attached to the 1st Force Service Support Group's Mortuary Affairs detachment at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Cotnoir was asked to augment the group because of his experience running a funeral home as a civilian. The 32-year-old's familiarity with the job has made him as much of a mentor as a leader to the young Marines in the unit. Service members who die in the eastern part of the Al Anbar Province, including the cities of Ramadi, Fallujah and Najaf, are brought to the detachment before being returned to their families. The unit is one of two in the province, the other being at Camp Al Asad, which ensure every fallen warrior is treated with honor, respect and reverence. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Samuel Bard Valliere


The 1st Force Service Support Group's Mortuary Affairs detachment at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, works in a dimly-lit bunker, adding to its somber ambiance. Service members who die in the eastern part of the Al Anbar Province, including the cities of Ramadi, Fallujah and Najaf, are brought to the detachment here before being returned to their families. The unit is one of two in the province, the other being at Camp Al Asad, which ensure every fallen warrior is treated with honor, respect and reverence. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Samuel Bard Valliere The 1st Force Service Support Group's Mortuary Affairs detachment at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, works in a dimly-lit bunker, adding to its somber ambiance. Service members who die in the eastern part of the Al Anbar Province, including the cities of Ramadi, Fallujah and Najaf, are brought to the detachment here before being returned to their families. The unit is one of two in the province, the other being at Camp Al Asad, which ensure every fallen warrior is treated with honor, respect and reverence. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Samuel Bard Valliere


Staff Sgt. Mark R. Sohm, a member of the 1st Force Service Support Group's Mortuary Affairs detachment at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, coordinates with an Army mortuary affairs unit near Baghdad over the Internet Aug. 16, 2004. Service members who die in the eastern part of the Al Anbar Province, including the cities of Ramadi, Fallujah and Najaf, are brought to the detachment before being returned to their families. The unit is one of two in the province, the other being at Camp Al Asad, which ensure every fallen warrior is treated with honor, respect and reverence. Sohm, 31, is a native of Frederick, Md. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Samuel Bard Valliere

Staff Sgt. Mark R. Sohm, a member of the 1st Force Service Support Group's Mortuary Affairs detachment at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, coordinates with an Army mortuary affairs unit near Baghdad over the Internet Aug. 16, 2004. Service members who die in the eastern part of the Al Anbar Province, including the cities of Ramadi, Fallujah and Najaf, are brought to the detachment before being returned to their families. The unit is one of two in the province, the other being at Camp Al Asad, which ensure every fallen warrior is treated with honor, respect and reverence. Sohm, 31, is a native of Frederick, Md. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Samuel Bard Valliere

Service members from the following hometowns are included in either the
story or in an accompanying photo:

Ventura, Calif.
Temecula, Calif.
Lawrence, Mass.
Frederick, Md.

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