Air Force mishandled war dead

UPDATE — The New York Times now reports that remains of war dead were dumped in landfills. 


Via the Washington Post  —  This week, the Air Force announced that the Dover Base Mortuary, which is responsible for taking care of all of the war dead from Iraq and Afghanistan has failed in its mission.

A report finds that the base’s mortuary suffers from “gross mismanagement.”  The mortuary misplaced the ankle of one soldier, for example.  Maybe more outrageous, the mortuary sawed off a soldier’s arm bone so that the body would fit into the casket.  Not surprising, the Air Forced did not inform the family about the removal of the body part.  In another incident, the mortuary stored a soldier’s remains in a plastic bag.

According to the Washington Post article, the Air Force “disciplined but did not fire the mortuary commander and two other senior officials.” the Air Force decided not to fire the three mortuary supervisors because “while their performance did not meet standards, this was not a deliberate act.”


~ by siouxsielaw on November 9, 2011.

3 Responses to “Air Force mishandled war dead”

  1. I am no mortician, but I have to think that sawing arms off to make sure bodies fit in caskets violates the standard of care.

  2. “… not a deliberate act …” of sawing someone’s arm off??? Wow.

  3. Sorry to say that some bodys don’t die in the approved burial position.

    At times bones must be broken or removed to fit the body in the box. Fire is one of these situations.

    Not nice but true.

    Brother in law is a mortition.

    Hugs to you for your good work here, Euphoria

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