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060120-M-0000A-178.jpg Photo By: Cpl. Stephen Holt

Jan 20, 2006
CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (July 20, 2006) - Marines of the Personnel Recovery and Processing unit at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, carry the remains of a fallen service member into a waiting aircraft at Camp Taqaddum?s airfield for transportation to the United States. The mission of PRP is to inventory the personal effects, identify the types of wounds sustained, and prepare the remains of service members killed in the Al Anbar province for transportation to Dover Air Force Base. The Marine Corps? Personnel Retrieval and Processing units, formerly known as mortuary affairs, serve as a stepping stone on the journey home for those killed while serving in what is arguably the most dangerous province for U.S. service members in Iraq. Called PRP for short, the units are made up of 51 reserve Marines and sailors from various units and job fields. At Camp Taqaddum, a main logistics base located between Fallujah and Ramadi, the Marines have converted an old Iraqi Air Force hangar into the processing center for those killed in the Sunni-dominated area west of Baghdad.


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