About 50 family members watched at Dover Air Force Base as a half dozen flag-draped transfer cases were removed from a military plane Tuesday morning. The quiet ceremony was punctuated only by the sound of a crying child.
The soldiers were identified as Sgt. Joshua J. Kirk of South Portland, Maine; Spec. Michael P. Scusa of Villas, N.J.; Spec. Christopher T. Griffin of Kincheloe, Mich.; Pfc. Kevin C. Thomson of Reno, Nev.; Sgt. Vernon W. Martin, of Savannah, Ga.; and Spec. Stephen L. Mace of Lovettsville, Va.
Their arrival comes after insurgents stormed two U.S. outposts in the deadliest assault on U.S. forces in more than a year, though military officials would not say where these soldiers were killed.