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Washington Post wrote and revealed not long ago about how workers at the Dover Air Force Base mortuary had dumped the ashes of at least 274 fallen soldiers into a Virginia landfill between the years 2004 and 2008 and the Air Force also had no intention of notifying the families of those whose remains had been dumped. Well, the scandal didn’t end there; as more information came out that a number of 1,762 unidentified remains had been collected from the battlefield and disposed in the same way.  The number of fragments dumped reached 2,700.

The owner of the landfill; Waste Management Inc. stated that they were uninformed about the procedure, same goes for the family members of the troops. What had happened was that basically the remains had been collected from battlefields, cremated and dumped. The Air Force claims that these remains and fragments could not been tested for DNA as they had been badly burned or damaged in explosions. The scandal turned into national disgrace when federal investigations triggered by whistleblower complaints revealed serious mismanagements. Body parts recovered from explosions were stacked up in morgues’ coolers for months or years before they were identified and disposed.

The dumping in the landfill was never formally authorized according to military policies and neither were they disclosed to senior Pentagon officials. Well, I don’t think so. Nothing happens without “someone’s” signature. I don’t believe that some worker in the mortuary came up with this idea to cut the budgets.

This has shown that some people’s moral compass is broken and as they don’t have respect neither for the living or the dead.

These human remains that were sent to the landfill had been sealed in boxes and MedTrace Inc. whose employees picked up the boxes didn’t ask questions or look inside the boxes as long as they were properly handled and sealed.

The owner of the landfill; Waste Management Inc. stated that they were uninformed about the procedure, same goes for the family members of the troops. What had happened was that basically the remains had been collected from battlefields, cremated and dumped. The Air Force claims that these remains and fragments could not been tested for DNA as they had been badly burned or damaged in explosions. The scandal turned into national disgrace when federal investigations triggered by whistleblower complaints revealed serious mismanagements. Body parts recovered from explosions were stacked up in morgues’ coolers for months or years before they were identified and disposed.

The dumping in the landfill was never formally authorized according to military policies and neither were they disclosed to senior Pentagon officials. Well, I don’t think so. Nothing happens without “someone’s” signature. I don’t believe that some worker in the mortuary came up with this idea to cut the budgets.

This has shown that some people’s moral compass is broken and as they don’t have respect neither for the living or the dead. These soldiers were serving overseas and died for their country and the resting place became a landfill. The cremated remains could have been handled differently. They could have been buried or at least given to the families. There have been spent millions already, why couldn’t the officials finish the job in a decent way.

Air Force and Pentagon officials said first that they would have to search through the records of more than 6,300 soldiers whose remains had passed through the mortuary since year 2001. Later on, they revealed that 976 fragments from 274 military personnel were cremated and taken to the landfill between the years 2004 and 2008.

These human remains that were sent to the landfill had been sealed in boxes and MedTrace Inc. whose employees picked up the boxes didn’t ask questions or look inside the boxes as long as they were properly handled and sealed.

The Air Force said mortuary managers had decided to end the practice in May 2008 because they had found “a better way to do it. The military now cremates unclaimed and unidentified body parts and buries the ashes at sea…

Source of info and pictures; Washington post

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