Washington --- 12/8/2011
Whenever a warrior falls in battle, that warrior has a right to be honored with a proper burial. Period. Apparently, the US Air Force does not share my feelings, though.
On Thursday, US Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel, and Services Lieutenant General Darrell D. Jones held a 30 minute briefing to address reports that the Air Force allegedly cremated and subsequently dumped the partial remains of 274 Airmen in a landfill near the Dover Air Base Mortuary prior to 2008.
The Air Force has admitted that cremated body parts of hundreds of the fallen were burned and dumped in a Virginia landfill, according to C-Span.
"The remains were cremated and incinerated along with other medical waste. That was common industry practice at the time." said Lt. Gen. Jones
The AFP reports that more than 1,762 fallen Airmen received the same posthumous treament at Dover Air Base.
Jones said that many families of the fallen chose not to be identified or to take possession of their loved ones remains and that these were the airmen who were then disposed of according to Air Force guidelines.
"We haven't contacted any of the families recently, because we don't want to open any old wounds," said Jones.
Benjamin Burton Jr. 12/8/2011