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(Rocky Mountain) News wins 2 Pulitzers (Final Salute-Marines)
The Rocky Mountain News ^ | April 18, 2006 | Kevin Vaughan

Posted on 04/18/2006 10:13:44 AM PDT by CedarDave

The Rocky Mountain News was honored Monday with Pulitzer Prizes in writing and photography for its unflinching look at the way U.S. Marines honor comrades who have paid the ultimate price.

In a newsroom celebration marked by emotion and tears, reporter Jim Sheeler was recognized for winning in feature writing and photographer Todd Heisler in feature photography for their collaboration, "Final Salute." The special report followed a Marine major who has the difficult task of making death notifications and of helping families begin to face life after loss.

And while there was tremendous satisfaction in the awards, there was also a keen sense of respect for the Marines who never came home - and their families.

"We're going to have some glasses of champagne to toast Todd and Jim and also to honor the courage of the families that we wrote about and photographed," said Rocky Mountain News Editor, President and Publisher John Temple, a catch in his voice. "This is an incredible moment for these two journalists and this newspaper."

"Final Salute," published on Veterans Day, chronicled a year in the life of Marine Maj. Steve Beck, the casualty assistance calls officer for Colorado and parts of four other states, and several families who lost loved ones in Iraq. Beck was in the newsroom for the announcement, and later in the afternoon he was joined by the loved ones of two Marines who lost their lives in Iraq. Sheeler and Heisler paid respect to those families.

(Excerpt) Read more at rockymountainnews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: fallen; finalsalute; heros; iraq; marines; oif; photojournalism; photos; pulitzer; sacrifice; semperfi; usmc
I had two different posters from two completely different sources ping me to this story, so decided to post it. The story is only part of it. Go to the main Rocky Mountain News page and see the pictures and story that got them the prize.

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/

1 posted on 04/18/2006 10:13:47 AM PDT by CedarDave
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To: SandRat; Gucho; OldMarine

See this?


2 posted on 04/18/2006 10:17:06 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The Democrat Party. For those who value slogans over solutions.)
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To: CedarDave


3 posted on 04/18/2006 10:19:17 AM PDT by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

Congratulations to them for their coverage.

I remember a while ago, someone posted an article of the funeral of an American Indian (Sioux?)from the Marines. That was one of the most moving articles I have ever seen. If anyone still has a link...


4 posted on 04/18/2006 10:19:20 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: AliVeritas

Here is the entire story behind the picture you sent me this morning. I was browsing on another site when a poster who knows the photographer posted the story. Followed it and have viewed all the photos. I'll take time to read the story later, away from work, when I can absorb the emotions it will generate. Pass this thread on to those you originally pinged.


6 posted on 04/18/2006 10:24:08 AM PDT by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave
Later in the afternoon, Temple again gathered the staff in the newsroom. This time, Beck was joined by Katherine Cathey, whose husband, 2nd Lt. James Cathey, was killed in Iraq in August; by their son, 4- month-old Jimmy Cathey; by Katherine's parents, Vic and Vicki Leonard; and by Cooper.

Katherine Cathey remembered the first night she met Sheeler and Heisler - and that she appreciated them coming to her home "and listening to what I had to say about my husband."

"They made a lot of sacrifices, too, so that everybody would have a very clear picture of what the families had to go through," she said through tears as Jimmy fidgeted in her lap. "These two awards couldn't have been given to anybody other than these two guys."

7 posted on 04/18/2006 10:30:48 AM PDT by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave
Some more photographs:


8 posted on 04/18/2006 10:36:57 AM PDT by CedarDave
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To: MNJohnnie; patriciaruth
oh what is there to say after viewing these pictures?

Patty, this makes me more determined than ever that I continue following through with our support.

9 posted on 04/18/2006 10:38:42 AM PDT by daybreakcoming (If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. A. Lincoln)
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To: AliVeritas

See this?


10 posted on 04/18/2006 10:42:48 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The Democrat Party. For those who value slogans over solutions.)
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To: CedarDave

Thanks for posting this Dave.


11 posted on 04/18/2006 10:49:14 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: CedarDave

Here's a direct link to the story page:

http://denver.rockymountainnews.com/news/finalSalute/


12 posted on 04/18/2006 10:49:21 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Islamic Terrorists, the Mainstream Media and the Democrat Party Have the Same Goals in Iraq.)
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To: CedarDave
Great story. Denver is blessed to be a 2-paper town. I miss the RMN. And the Denver comPost is nothing but an amateur version of the NYSlimes.
13 posted on 04/18/2006 10:58:06 AM PDT by manwiththehands (I'm a single issue voter this year: illegal immigration.)
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To: MNJohnnie

No, I'm tuff. No, those are not tears on my face! They're, they're, they're.......

God bless these great soldiers and marines and their families!


14 posted on 04/18/2006 11:06:32 AM PDT by privatedick
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To: CedarDave
I'm not getting through to the website now. They are probably being slammed as the news circulates throughout the new media.
15 posted on 04/18/2006 11:11:59 AM PDT by CedarDave
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Allegra

Ping to another Marine story about heros.


16 posted on 04/18/2006 11:14:02 AM PDT by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave
I'll take time to read the story later, away from work, when I can absorb the emotions it will generate.

Just finished reading it...good recommendation.
17 posted on 04/18/2006 11:22:07 AM PDT by Captain Rhino (If you will just abandon logic, these things will make a lot more sense!)
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To: CedarDave

Deeply moving.

God bless and keep them all.

Archer24


18 posted on 04/18/2006 11:26:08 AM PDT by Archer24
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To: CedarDave
Wow, now I'm ruined. Casualty Assistance Calls Officer, toughest MOS in the Marines.

I remember how knotted I was, forcing myself to go home at the end of the day, afraid to see government license plates in my driveway. My son was a squad leader, first battle of Fallujah.

But to think of having to deliver the news, no, I ain't the beginning of that tough.

God Bless 'em. Semper fi, carry on.........

19 posted on 04/18/2006 11:42:35 AM PDT by gandalftb
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To: gandalftb; SW6906

I can certainly related to being "knotted". Our Marine just returned from his first tour in Iraq and every single time I turned into our street when returning home, I'd strain to see if a government sedan was parked in the driveway. I'm glad that nobody knocked on our door late at night. I would have fainted on the spot.

I started reading the article at lunch but decided the kids in my group wouldn't understand why the old guy was crying. It's very intense but especially so when you have a child in harm's way. If you don't, it's a theoretical worry. You can imagine all you like, but you can't know.

Namsman sends.


20 posted on 04/18/2006 12:05:33 PM PDT by namsman
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To: CedarDave; CMS; The Sailor; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; Defender2; OneLoyalAmerican; bkwells; ...

Ping to another Marine story about heros.
CedarDave




PING


21 posted on 04/18/2006 2:57:42 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Have you said Thank You to a service man or woman today?)
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To: Diva Betsy Ross; AZamericonnie; Justanobody; Deetes; Lijahsbubbe; MEG33; No Blue States; ...

Ping!


22 posted on 04/18/2006 3:11:49 PM PDT by Gucho
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Oh heck, I know better to look at this at work.

(blinking away tears) . . No, I am not crying... uh huh, not me.


23 posted on 04/18/2006 3:14:29 PM PDT by RikaStrom (The number one rule of the Kama Sutra is that you both be on the same page.../Exeter 051705)
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The original thread from last November: Final Salute
24 posted on 04/18/2006 4:09:05 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: CedarDave

Thank you!


25 posted on 04/18/2006 5:16:03 PM PDT by F-117A
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To: daybreakcoming

If you haven't I highly recommend reading the article. I had very wet sleeves before I was finished.


26 posted on 04/18/2006 5:27:37 PM PDT by kas2591 (Life's harder when you're stupid.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
This story maade me realize how very priveledged I was to be a part of this select group of warriors called the United States Armed Forces. Not everyone can do it, and those of us who have remember the days of heartache, pain and the days of joy. How honored we truly are to have served. Because WE KNOW!

We few, we happy few
We band of brothers.

27 posted on 04/18/2006 5:57:27 PM PDT by Colt .45 (Navy Veteran - Thermo-Nuclear Landscapers Inc. "Need a change of scenery? We deliver!")
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To: kas2591

I would have way more than wet cheeks if I had read the story immediately after seeing the pictures and I have a sick child here to tend to. Saving the story to read late tonight. Thanks kas for the reminder.


28 posted on 04/18/2006 7:28:24 PM PDT by daybreakcoming (If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. A. Lincoln)
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To: CedarDave
Thank you very much for posting this.

Semper Fi.

L

29 posted on 04/19/2006 1:19:23 AM PDT by Lurker (Anyone who doesn't demand an immediate end to illegal immigration is aiding the slave trade.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

BTTT


30 posted on 04/19/2006 3:02:27 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: CedarDave; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; AirForceBrat23; ...
Thank you for the ping, Tonk. Incredible story, Dave. Thank you for the post.
Ping List
FReepmail if you want on or off this list

www.mfvov.org

www.vetsforfreedom.com

31 posted on 04/21/2006 2:53:16 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine FRiend, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: CedarDave

Semper Fi


32 posted on 04/21/2006 6:44:44 PM PDT by TomasUSMC ((FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM.))
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To: gandalftb
"I remember how knotted I was, forcing myself to go home at the end of the day, afraid to see government license plates in my driveway. My son was a squad leader, first battle of Fallujah."

Please thank your son from our family for his service to our country.

When my husband was in Iraq/Kuwait, I had a new baby at home. I was up VERY EARLY (like 4:00AM ) for a feeding one morning. After the baby was feed, I was standing at the sink fixing coffee.
My kitchen sink faced the cul-de-sac in front of our house.
I was groggy and tired, kind of looking outside, but not really paying attention. Just happy the baby had gone back to sleep after the early morning feeding.
As I was standing there, I saw a very dark sedan beginning a slow drive down the cul-de-sac. It took me a few seconds to "see" it.
When it hit me, what it "could be", my knees nearly buckled, and I froze in place.
I stood there trying to just breathe as it slowly drove past our home and back up the street.
I continued to stand there, waiting to see if it would come back, thinking maybe they were looking for our address but had missed it.

It never came back- that was the luckiest day of my life.
33 posted on 04/21/2006 9:22:38 PM PDT by M0sby (((PROUD WIFE of MSgt Edwards USMC)))
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To: M0sby

This Marine family gives us some rough days. I would have much rather been back in the field with my son than having all the anxiety of the unknown dangers our family was in. I hope your Hubby made it back safe and sane. Bless you for your sacrifices.


34 posted on 04/23/2006 5:18:03 PM PDT by gandalftb
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To: gandalftb

OH THANK YOU!!!
Blessings to you as well!
My hubby DID make it home safe and sound (mostly ;-)

We are so thankful..and SO proud!


35 posted on 04/24/2006 9:32:10 AM PDT by M0sby (((PROUD WIFE of MSgt Edwards USMC)))
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