Sgt. David Hart
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A soldier’s final return home

Sgt. David Hart
The family of Sgt. David Hart gathers around his widow, Nicole, second from left, as the soldier’s remains are returned from Iraq to Long Beach Airport. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Members of the California State Honor Guard prepare to receive the casket of Sgt. David Hart of Lake View Terrace. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Family members grieve as the sergeant’s remains arrive. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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An airplane carrying the remains of Sgt. David Hart taxis beneath a snowcapped Mount Baldy. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Nicole Hart embraces Spc. Richard Gilbert, who served with Sgt. David Hart in Iraq and accompanied his remains home. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Nicole Hart leans on the casket of her husband as the soldier’s mother, Sheri Hart, comforts her. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Hart’s family gathers around his casket. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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A military honor guard carries the casket past Jack Hart, left, the slain soldier’s father, and Nicole Hart, his widow. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Hart’s casket is carried toward the hearse. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Members of the veterans group Patriot Guard Riders escort the hearse away from the airport. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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