US troops' remains dumped in landfill

2011-12-08 13:36

Washington - 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 on Thursday.

The procedure was never formally authorised or disclosed to senior Pentagon 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 authorised 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.

‘Gross mismanagement’ at morgue

Defence officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Last month investigators said they had found "gross mismanagement" at the US Air Force mortuary, with body parts lost and remains mishandled.

After allegations from whistle-blowers, an Air Force probe found that two "portions of the remains" of fallen troops had been lost and uncovered other problems at the morgue.

New procedures have been put in place at the mortuary and the commander at the morgue, a colonel, together with two civilian officials were disciplined over the episode but not sacked.

The Dover affair echoes a scandal that erupted last year at Arlington National Cemetery, the country's hallowed ground for war dead. Investigators there uncovered cases of misidentified remains and mismanagement.

Following an Army probe, the conduct at Arlington is now the subject of a criminal investigation.

  • Anwar - 2011-12-08 13:49

    How Babaric !!

      Yusuf - 2011-12-08 14:38

      why am i not surprised.the wars from 1991 were based on greed and deciet

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-08 14:53

      The war from 2003 onward is paying my salary. Loving it.

      Yusuf - 2011-12-08 15:09

      hope you dont end up in a landfill

  • Muenda - 2011-12-08 14:13

    Sounds like its happening in DRC

  • StephanieMullens - 2011-12-08 14:30

    This is a disgrace these men and women died for this country and they treated like garbage. If this one of my loved ones there would be a lawsuit.

  • The-third - 2011-12-08 14:31

    Wow. shows you what respect they've got for their soldiers. All a means to an end goal. . . which is power, control and money at any and all cost.

  • Trevor - 2011-12-08 14:33

    So, what ever happend to "never leaving a man behind", the backbone of ANY American Movie.....sounds just like when Katrina hit the USA...their government left the state for dead....hells bells....feel sorry for those families of the dead soldiers!!

  • Owen - 2011-12-08 14:54

    I always said the US army doesnt have any morals would be embarresed to be part of them,just look at how they treated the vietnam veterans.

  • Ebrahim - 2011-12-08 14:54

    Im sure the remains are mainly of orphans or non white soldiers

  • Caaqil Mahadale - 2011-12-08 15:20

    What a disgrace scandalous treatment!!, their hero men and women in uniform have no respect and dignity at all, it clearly shows how they are falling down militarily,financially, and socially

  • Mike - 2011-12-08 16:29

    WOW!!! Leave it to our Government to just slap someone on the hands and tell them not to do it again!! How horrible!! All those involved should have been terminated and stripped of any future Military benefits!! What a sick sick sick, Government we have.. Sometimes I'm ashamed to say i live in this country..

      Daaivark - 2011-12-08 16:58

      This happened in the US !!!

      Blade - 2011-12-08 17:11

      @Daaivark perhaps Mike lives in the US?

      Mike - 2011-12-08 17:45

      Some people need to learn to read and comphrend.. Yes i live in the USA.. It's a shame that our Government lets something like this just more or less slide.. To just toss a human in a dump site wether it is skin and bones or ashes is soooo disrespectful of the dead. again COMPHREND what you are reading..

  • Lynn - 2011-12-08 18:16

    How disrespectful. These soldiers gave their lives.

  • Derek - 2011-12-08 21:25

    It's disgusting but I struggle to find sympathy for those who choose a career in death and destruction.

  • Alan - 2011-12-31 11:59

    The price they paid for oil !!!!!! At least our boarder war in the 70's/80's was to keep the Russians/Cubins out of South Africa ?

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