Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Dover Air Force Base mortuary

From Stars and Stripes (on the sidebar)

The Dover Air Force Base 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, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The mortuary sent the remains to the landfill from 2003 to 2008. Air Force officials told the Post that the procedure was limited to portions of body parts that were unable to be identified at first or were later recovered from the battlefield, and which family members had indicated could be disposed of by the military.

On Tuesday, the Air Force acknowledged it had lost or mishandled the body parts of some war dead, prompting Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to call for a 60-day review of the mortuary's procedures. Three Dover officials have received administrative punishments.

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