[R-G] [NYTr] Body of Slain GI Arrives Home to Media Coverage
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> [A public memorial service is planned for Patrick McCaffrey on
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> Prensa Latina, Havana - June 29, 2004
> Mother of GI Killed in Iraq Challenges President Bush
> Los Angeles, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) The mother of a US soldier who
> died in an ambush in Iraq on June 22, displayed his son"s coffin to
> several media photographers in Sacramento, California, "La Opinion"
> newspaper reported Tuesday.
> The Pentagon prohibits the media from taking pictures of returning
> coffins. But Nadia McCaffrey said that she invited the media because
> she wanted her son to be remembered for his service to the country.
> "I do not mind President George W. Bush"s wishes," McCaffrey told
> press referring to the April controversy after the appearance of
> images of coffins from Iraq in the country"s media groups.
> The body of Sergeant Patrick McCaffrey, 34, arrived in Sunday midnight
> at Sacramento International Airport, in California, where was received
> by relatives and dozen media photographers, reporters and TV crew
> The government decided to reduce media coverage of those fell in
> combat after The Seattle newspaper posted the picture of a plane
> transferring coffins from Iraq.
> According to the California daily, McCaffrey"s summons does not
> violate any law, because the transfer of the coffin to Sacramento was
> made in a commercial plane, out of the military jurisdiction.
> She emphasized the wish his son is remembered the way he lived. "He
> was not a fighter. He was a man of peace."
> The dead, married and father of two, joined the National Guard after
> the September 11, 2001 attacks.
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