What this says about the attitude of those in charge is pretty clear:

Remains of 274 US troops dumped in landfill: report

“The US Air Force dumped the cremated, partial remains of at least 274 troops in a landfill before halting the secretive practice in 2008, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

The procedure was never formally authorized or disclosed to seniorPentagon officials, who conducted a review of the cremation policies of Dover Air Base — the main point of entry for US war dead — in 2008, the Post said.

Nor was the dumping ever disclosed to the families of the fallen troops, who had authorized the military to dispose of the remains in a respectful and dignified manner, the Post said, citing Air Force officials.

The newspaper quoted officials as saying that a precise count of the remains disposed of at a Virginia landfill would require searching through the records of 6,300 troops whose remains have passed through Dover since 2001.

An additional group of 1,762 remains — which could not undergo DNA testing because they were badly damaged or burned — were also disposed of in this manner, the Post said, citing the Air Force.

Defense officials could not immediately be reached for comment.”


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5 responses to this post.

  1. Sounds a lot like my oldest brother adn his death. When he died, we offered to pay for a regular funeral and all, but his widow chose to do the “free” military funeral. He absolutely hated his time in the military, so being buried that way would surely have pissed him off. Hope the IRS stays away, I truly do…


    • It can be really hard for people making decisions when someone has died.
      I think a lot of things get done that with more distance would be done better.


  2. Just horrible….it says so much about how much the government appreciates the underlings


  3. “who had authorized the military to dispose of the remains in a respectful and dignified manner,”

    I would love to know whose brilliant idea the landfill was.


  4. Posted by Margy Rydzynski on December 12, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Boy, that’s insult to injury and back again. Thanks for serving our country and getting killed in the line of duty. Now let me dump you in the back yard.


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