"That's when I realized there was a casualty and saw the injured Marine, about 10 yards from where I'd stood," Jacobson would write in her journal. "For the second time in my life, I watched a Marine lose his. He was hit with the RPG which blew off one of his legs and badly mangled the other. ... I hadn't seen it happen, just heard the explosion. I hit the ground and lay as flat as I could and shot what I could of the scene."
Bernard lay on the ground, two Marines standing over him exposed, trying to help. A first tourniquet on Bernard's leg broke. A medic applied another.
"I can't breathe, I can't breathe," Bernard said. Troops crawling under the bullets dragged him to the MRAP, the mine-resistant armored vehicle that accompanied the patrol.
One leg gone, the other badly mangled plus difficulty in breathing. No she didn't know he was going to die, but with wounds like that and given the overall situation it was a very real possibility if not a probability. Yes many people survive such woulds and even worse, but many more do not.
But even if she didn't have a clue, I'm pretty certain LCpl Bernard probably thought he was dying, and to have someone take pictures of you in that situation doesn't sit well with me. Imagine yourself in a bad car accident. You're laying there bleeding to death while onlookers pull out their cell phones and take pictures of you. Even before your body is cold you are a thing of interest, not a human being.