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June 10, 2010


Asked about the charges McHugh asked investigators to look into, Metzler said, “Nobody here is doing anything malicious. ... Sure, mistakes get made. ... Does anyone run a perfect organization?”

You know, I can hardly wait until our health care system is placed firmly in the capable hands of the federal government:

...according to NBC News, which first reported the firings, both Metzler and Higgenbotham had come under heavy fire for keeping records of the hundreds of thousands buried at Arlington National in paper files instead of creating a computer database of gravesites, NBC reported.

Officials told NBC News that over the past couple of years, some of the 300,000 graves at Arlington were improperly marked and in some cases bodies were buried in the wrong graves.

In 2008, a master sergeant was buried on top of a staff sergeant already in the grave, but the error wasn't discovered until the widow of the first service member buried there complained to authorities that someone else's headstone had been placed on her husband's grave.


A handful of cases, about five, have already been identified in which remains were misplaced - a casket found in what was thought to be an empty grave, a burial urn dumped in a landfill, remains moved without the knowledge or permission of the next of kin, among them.

But a review of Arlington's antiquated paper filing system has identified 200 cases in which the paper trail fails to account for the whereabouts of remains. Now the Army will have to inspect each of those grave sites using ground penetrating radar.


Posted by Cassandra at June 10, 2010 12:39 PM

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Those in charge of Arlington are bureaucrats, not caretakers.

Unbelievable? No.

Unconscionable? Yes.

Posted by: BillT at June 10, 2010 02:09 PM

I still don't have words.

Posted by: HomefrontSix at June 10, 2010 09:31 PM

A burial urn found in a landfill???? So you have to wonder - Evil or Stupid?

Posted by: Oh Hell at June 10, 2010 10:30 PM

You know, I can hardly wait until our health care system is placed firmly in the capable hands of the federal government"

Yeah, how about that?

Posted by: camojack at June 11, 2010 12:31 AM