A Light Infantry mortar-man attempting to momentarily relieve his load. Along with the standard 75 lbs of combat ready equipment (minus his weapon and ammo) he must also carry the mortar base plate and at least 4 mortar rounds. His buddy would be carrying
2011 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. The eagle landed on the grave of Sgt Maurice Ruch, US Army Air Corps. A noted rifle marksman, he was stationed in the Aleutian Islands, served four years in the military, and earned a bronze star.