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October 29th, 2009
07:03 AM ET

Obama attends return of fallen soldiers

(CNN) - The flag-draped cases of at least 18 Americans killed in Afghanistan arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware early Thursday, government and military officials said.

President Obama, who arrived at Dover Air Force Base on Marine One, along with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and acting DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart, witnessed the transfer of the bodies, according to the Justice Department.

President Barack Obama salutes as a US Army carry team moves the transfer case of US Army Sgt. Dale R. Griffin, during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base on October 29, 2009 in Dover, Delaware. (Getty Images)
President Barack Obama salutes as a US Army carry team moves the transfer case of US Army Sgt. Dale R. Griffin, during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base on October 29, 2009 in Dover, Delaware. (Getty Images)

The bodies included three Drug Enforcement Administration special agents and 15 U.S. troops who died in Afghanistan on Monday.

The DEA agents were returning from a raid on a compound believed to be harboring insurgents tied to drug trafficking when their chopper with seven troops aboard went down in western Afghanistan. Read more


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  1. kws

    Yes CNN and all other news organizations please refer to or fallen men and women as soldiers verses bodies. It shows respect to them and the families. Especially the families of these soldiers, who may have just learned of their soldiers death jst before yor press release.

    "ronvan"

    This was a photo op by the President. I believe he was paying respect, but it was a photo op no less considering his delay on filling the troop request and following such a costly week in Afghanistan.

    A dignified transfer is hardly a "gut check". A military funeral is far more sobering.

    God bless these soldiers and may the Almighty bring peace to their loved ones.

    November 2, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  2. ronvan

    Has anyone thought that this was nothing more than showing respect for these fallen soldiers? I do not remember hearing that this was a planned/announced trip? While a most difficult & hard decision for our Commander-In-Chief to send troops into harms way it is also a "gut check" and somber moment to attend a service of those that gave their all for our country! It brings these decisions "full circle" to make you aware of the consequences of war!

    October 31, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  3. Anthony Sandoval

    Great story and we need to take troops out now obama its only getting worse.

    October 30, 2009 at 3:55 am |
  4. Mitchell

    Obama doesn't have a lot of respect or support within the military. Is this just a photo op to try to help him in this area?

    October 29, 2009 at 7:54 pm |
  5. jeff wallace

    great story on the troops returning, but one thing i ask is that you do not refer the troops as bodies, please refer them as falling soldiers. i am retired military and would like the media to refer our troops as falling sholders. thank you

    October 29, 2009 at 7:18 am |