Thursday, a front page Washington Post article revealed that the Air Force disposed of the incinerated partial remains of at least 274 American troops in a landfill in King George County, Va. According to the article, 976 fragments from 274 military personnel were incinerated and taken to the landfill between 2004 and 2008. An additional group of 1,762 unidentifiable remains were collected from the battlefield and disposed of in the same manner. Those fragments, according to the Air Force, were too badly burned or damaged from explosions to undergo DNA testing. VFW National Commander Richard DeNoyer said in a press statement last month that this "exceeds on many levels the nationwide anger that resulted from reports of mistreated wounded at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2007 and reports of lost or misplaced graves at Arlington National Cemetery in 2009. You only get one chance to return our fallen warriors to their families with all the dignity and respect they deserve from a grateful nation," he said, "and that mortuary affairs unit failed" at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Read the full article.
Sean P Eagan
Former Chairman American Cold War Veterans
Life Member Veterans of Foreign Wars