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Old 12-08-2011, 01:19 PM   #1
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Air Force dumped hundreds of remains of dead soldiers from Dover base into landfill

This pisses me off to no end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Hundreds of pieces of dead American soldiers were incinerated by Air Force officials and then dumped in a Virginia landfill, for the first time putting hard numbers on the grisly scandal that has rocked the military's largest mortuary, according to a report.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that at least 976 body parts of 274 U.S. soldiers recovered from war zones abroad were ditched in a Kings County, Va., dump after arriving at Dover Air Base between 2004 and 2008.
In nearly every case, the heroes' families, which had authorized the military to handle the soldiers' remains, had no idea that their loved ones' ashes were unceremoniously trashed, the Post report said.
The Air Force came clean about the practice last month after whistleblowers complained about sloppy work at Dover, the main entry for fallen soldiers coming from battlefields overseas.
But it had refused to reveal how many remains went into the landfill, saying that tallying the parts and trying to match them with the more than 6,300 bodies that have passed through Dover would require "massive effort and time," one Pentagon official said, according to the Post.
The Air Force finally released some numbers to the Washington newspaper this week.
In addition to the remains that were matched up with dead soldiers, 1,762 unidentified remains were thrown into the landfill.
In total, more than 2,700 incinerated body parts were chucked, according to Air Force records - though that number may just be the tip of the iceberg.
One military widow told the Post that a mortuary official told her that the Air Force had been throwing cremated remains in landfills since at least 1996.
The Air Force said it has no plans to tell the families of the soldiers' whose body parts were identified.
The mortuary stopped the landfill dumping in 2008 and began burying unidentified soldiers remains at sea from aboard Navy ships.


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EVERYONE INVOLVED should be fired, and lose any pension benefits. Period.
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Old 12-08-2011, 01:48 PM   #8
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That is pretty heartless, what could they have done though? Do you guys think they should have taken the time to match the parts up with bodies, I have no military experience so ide imagine it would be pretty hard, this still doesnt justify it though.
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Ohhhh I didnt read where they threw away identified remains too, yeah that is just wrong
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Not saying i agree with what they did but to anyone that this pisses off: what do you expect them to do with all those ashes?
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That's fucked up plain and simple...
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Not saying i agree with what they did but to anyone that this pisses off: what do you expect them to do with all those ashes?

They are burying them at sea now. They never should have been tossed in a dump like trash.
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That is just so wrong.
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That is pretty heartless, what could they have done though? Do you guys think they should have taken the time to match the parts up with bodies, I have no military experience so ide imagine it would be pretty hard, this still doesnt justify it though.
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Not saying i agree with what they did but to anyone that this pisses off: what do you expect them to do with all those ashes?
Since 2008 they've been burying them at sea. Probably should have been doing that the whole time.

The article says that the families of the ID'd members allowed the Air Force to dispose of the remains -- and I believe they were informed that it would be through cremation.

I believe in most circumstances, the remains were of the sort which are not easily identifiable, nor particularly suitable for an open casket (trying to put this delicately).

Still. Spend the extra time & money to have them placed on a vessel and buried at sea with a succinct ceremony. It's the least you can do for the men & women who died fighting for the nation.
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Old 12-08-2011, 01:57 PM   #18
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^^^^^Military cemetery or disperse ashes at sea would of been the right thing to do!!
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Not saying i agree with what they did but to anyone that this pisses off: what do you expect them to do with all those ashes?
Treat them with respect. This VVV
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They are burying them at sea now. They never should have been tossed in a dump like trash.
or find some other provision on land such as a designated area within a military cemetary, rather than treating them like disposal diapers.
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That just sucks. Our government is so damn corrupt at every level it makes me sick.
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