Here soldiers from Delta Co. 1/28 "guard" the body of their buddy, killed while on patrol. Sometimes soldiers brought their wounded directly to the hospital if they were engaged nearby. If a buddy died they would stay by the morgue for the day, and with the chaplain, have a ritual goodbye ceremony over the body.
The artist Steve Mumford originally went to Baghdad in 2003 to work as a war artist, embedded with the U.S. military, both writing a journal and making drawings and watercolors of what he saw there. In early 2007 he returned to Iraq for approximately a month, where he worked at an army hospital. This is the second of three reports on that trip. The first, "With Good Company into Iraq," was posted on Mar. 8, 2007. The archive for Mumford’s original "Baghdad Journal" can be found here