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Gruesome Details of Mishandled american War Dead at Dover Air Force Base (Read 348 times)

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Gruesome Details of Mishandled american War Dead at Dover Air Force Base
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Thursday, November 10, 2011
Gruesome Details of Mishandled War Dead at Dover Air Force Base
Dover Air Force base (photo: Roland Balik, U.S. Air Force)
Once again the U.S. military has failed to properly tend to its fallen soldiers, having first botched burials at the nation’s leading cemetery for service personnel and now mistreating remains upon their return to the U.S.
 
At Dover Air Force Base, where the bodies of American soldiers are provided mortuary care after being shipped home, Air Force personnel repeatedly bungled the tasks of preparing and processing remains. A military investigation found “gross mismanagement” at Dover, where body parts became lost and supervisors failed to do their jobs.
 
The base mortuary lost a dead soldier’s ankle and another set of remains that had been stored in a plastic bag. In another case, employees sawed off the damaged arm bone of a Marine so he could fit into his uniform and coffin without telling his family. Until June 2008, miscellaneous body parts were cremated and dumped in a landfill in King George County, Virginia.
 
Confronted with the order to cut off the Marine’s arm, autopsy and embalming technician James Parsons refused and, when someone else did it, turned whistleblower. He told The Washington Post: “The Air Force basically tried to make the Air Force not look too bad,” adding, “They did try to cover it up.”
 
The Air Force disciplined the mortuary commander and two other senior officials, but no one was fired. Some members of Congress have complained that the punishments were not tough enough, and an independent federal watchdog agency said investigators should have pushed harder to assign blame.
 
The mess at Dover follows on the embarrassment at Arlington National Cemetery, where more than 200 graves were either misidentified or misplaced by Army officials.

Source: http://www.allgov.com/Controversies/ViewNews/Gruesome_Details_of_Mishandled_War_Dead_at_Dover_Air_Force_Base_111110


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The Air Force mishandled human remains of America’s returning war dead at the Dover Air Force Base mortuary, according to three federal investigations stemming from three civilian whistleblower accusations.

The Washington Post reports body parts were removed from corpses without family notification, or were missing from mortuary storage bags, including a dead soldier’s shattered ankle.

The Post also reports that the mortuary "for years disposed of some dead troops’ body parts by burning them and dumping the ashes in a Virginia landfill, a practice that officials have since abandoned in favor of burying the remains at sea."

A colonel and two civilian deputies were disciplined, but not fired, for alleged abuses between 2008 and 2010 at the facility, where human remains from the battlefield are repatriated.

In a written statement, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he "was deeply disturbed" by the Dover findings yet supported the Air Force disciplinary actions taken. Panetta has ordered the creation of an independent task force, led by former surgeon general Richard Carmona, to investigate overall current operations at Dover.
Source: http://www.nationaljournal.com/nationalsecurity/quick-take-investigators-gross-mismanagement-of-war-remains-at-dover-afb-20111109


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#2  November 10, 2011, 04:53:47 pm
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It's disgusting ...
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#3  November 10, 2011, 05:09:23 pm
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That is fucking disgraceful.
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#4  November 10, 2011, 05:12:34 pm
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America... fuck yeah?

But seriously, this is disgusting.
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#5  November 10, 2011, 05:19:34 pm
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Thats horrible