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Photog Discusses Widely Seen Picture of Woman at Grave of Her Soldier Fiance

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Photog Discusses Widely Seen Picture of Woman at Grave of Her Soldier Fiance

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Getty Images photographer John Moore discussed his memorable picture of a grieving Iraq War fiancee in a blog post yesterday.

The photo -- widely published in newspapers -- showed a distraught Mary McHugh lying on her stomach in front of the grave of her late fiance, James Regan, who was killed in Iraq this February by a roadside bomb. The picture was taken at Arlington National Cemetery during Memorial Day weekend.

"She sat in front of the grave..., talking to the stone," wrote Moore, who has been a photojournalist in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past five years. "She spoke in broken sentences between sobs, gesturing with her hands, sometimes pausing as if she was trying to explain, with so much left needed to say. ...

"Clearly, she had not only loved him but truly admired him. When he graduated from Duke, he decided to enlist in the Army to serve his country. He chose not to be an officer, though he could have been, because he didn't want to risk a desk job. …

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