Battle In Afghanistan Highlights Bravery, Failures

News & Features Tom Bowman · ·
An Army Honor Guard prepares to carry the flag-draped coffin of Staff Sgt. Vernon Martin into St. John's Baptist Church for his funeral service on Oct. 19, 2009, in Savannah, Ga. Martin, 25, was one of eight U.S. soldiers killed Oct. 3 during a fierce battle at Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan.