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Jim Garamone – (American Forces Press Service) – WASHINGTON - January 31, 2012 – The Office of Special Counsel has determined that supervisors at the U.S. Port Mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, Del., retaliated against four employees who tried to expose wrongdoing at the facility.
If you aren’t enraged after reading the article, I honestly don’t know what to say to you.
The people who put it all on the line, put on the nation’s military colors, went into the worst of situations, and gave it body and soul for their country had portions of their remains dumped in a landfill. In case you’re confused, that is the exact same place where all of the stuff you put in a trash bag and at the curb once a week ends up. ~Rich Cooper, Dover’s Unconscionable Disrespect of Our Own
Craig Whitlock and Mary Pat Flaherty – (Washington Post) – December 7, 2011 – The Air Force dumped the incinerated partial remains of at least 274 American troops in a Virginia landfill, far more than the military had acknowledged, before halting the secretive practice three years ago, records show.
The landfill dumping was concealed from families who had authorized the military to dispose of the remains in a dignified and respectful manner, Air Force officials said. There are no plans, they said, to alert those families now.
Craig Whitlock - (Washington Post) – November 11, 2011 – A New Jersey congressman wrote directly to Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta two months ago to seek details about the Dover Air Force Base mortuary’s practice of dumping troops’ cremated body parts in a landfill but says he never received a reply.
The congressman’s letter raises questions about when Panetta learned that the mortuary disposed of cremated portions of remains at the King George County, Va., landfill. Panetta has said he was unaware of the dumping before this week.
Hero soldiers ‘thrown in the trash’: Military dumped body parts of dead servicemen killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in LANDFILL
- THIRD scandal over how the U.S. Army treats its dead
- Bodies at Arlington National Cemetery put in WRONG graves
- U.S. Military lost body parts and shipped fetal remains in cardboard boxes
By Daniel Bates – MailOnline
Updated 8:34 AM Nov. 10, 2011
For five years, between 2003 and 2008, staff at the Dover Air Force base mortuary, Delaware, disposed of parts that could not be identified or were later recovered from the battlefield.
Family members were not told what happened to their relatives – and the company running the landfill site was not even informed what was being thrown away.
It is the third scandal engulfing the Army in its treatment of its dead.
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