I’m posting this because I don’t remember ever hearing about this story. A fellow reader brought it to my attention and asked if I had ever heard of this. I was baffled. Do any of you remember this?
The remains of 274 US troops were dumped in a VA landfill, based on an internal investigation. However, the practice was “secret” and neither the Pentagon nor military families were notified of the unauthorized disposal.
Air Force Whistleblowers Update: Dumped troops’ remains more than originally suspected
In November, the Washington Post reported on its investigation of how the military treated the remains of soldiers killed abroad in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other areas of deployment. Based on a string of whistleblower complaints from inside the US military, it was learned that a covert practice was at play.
The irony of it all is that Pentagon officials at the highest ranks reportedly were not aware of the practice of dumping cremated remains in landfills without a decent burial.
According to published sources, the Dover Air Force Base mortuary, which is responsible for managing remains of soldiers killed in the line of duty, did not follow protocol. Essentially, staff cremated partial body parts and disposed of the ashes at a Virginia landfill.
Back when the story broke, the Pentagon said it was difficult to quantify how many bodies and partial remains were disposed of at the Virginia landfill.
Based on a statement from the Air Force’s deputy chief for personnel, the Remains of 274 US troops dumped in a landfill were treated in the same disposal manner as medical waste.
Smith’s case is but one example of what many are calling “gross mismanagement and negligence” of the handling of the decedent’s remains.
This story sheds light on a growing pattern of negligence and possible abuse in Military protocol in handling the remains of war dead soldiers. After an 18-month investigation of the Dover Air Force Base, several staff members were disciplined after whistleblowers revealed that numerous body parts were “misplaced.”
Do you think the Remains of 274 US troops dumped in a Virginia landfill was part of an accepted practice, or was it likely unintentional circumstances?