Mishandled Partial Remains of KIA

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  1. patentesq

    patentesq Parent

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    This report about the partial remains of servicemembers makes me sad. I'm not sure what the proper procedure is for handling partial remains collected on the battlefield that could not practicably be matched, but this definitely seems like the wrong approach.

    http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2...orce-dumped-remains-of-274-troops-in-landfill
     
  2. Packer

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    I saw this this morning. This certainly does not seem "respectful and dignified". It really saddens me that we have leadership that makes these kinds of decisions.
     
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    A burial at sea for partial remains is FAR MORE dignified than throwing them in a landfill...

    Pathetic, simply pathetic.
     
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    At a hospital they are generally cremated. How that is done, exactly, I'm not privy to.
     
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    I don't know for sure, but I believe they're processed as medical waste, though some religiously affiliated hospitals may use some form of funerary procedure.
     
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    The news articles about this are truly disturbing. Forensically speaking all military personnel should be providing DNA samples (as I am currently led to believe) to be maintained in a DOD database. Unidentified parts, remains should be able to be matched and resolve most of these situations.
     
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    Dan Sickles lost his leg at Gettysburg and used to visit it at the Army Medical Museum.

    The National Museum of Health and Medicine still has it.
     
  8. patentesq

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    I never lost a limb on active duty (thank you, God!), but I did give a blood sample at one point. Hmmmm ....

    I think the controversy in the article above is that they had remains matched with a KIA and asked the families what they wanted to do with them. The families responded, "No need to ship them to us for burial, but please dispose of them in a respectful and dignified manner." That request was not honored.
     
  9. 50stars

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    Every soldier who dies in service deserves a dignified burial, a separate burial plot, and a headstone!
     

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