Discuss as:

A quiet late night return for a U.S. soldier

Cliff Owen / AP

An Air Force officer watches as the transfer case containing the remains of Army Spc. Michael Elm, 25, of Phoenix, Ariz., moves across the tarmac in a Transfer Vehicle at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. The Department of Defense announced that Elm died Oct. 14 in Khowst, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Cliff Owen / AP

Air Force and Army officers say a prayer beside the transfer case containing the remains of Army Spc. Michael Elm, 25, of Phoenix, Ariz., at Dover Air Force Base, Del. on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Although it has become regular to see the images of transfer ceremonies at Dover Air Force Base, it is always sad knowing that another life has been lost.

For images from Afghanistan, see our slideshow: Afghanistan: Nation at crossroads