Remains of 274 U.S. troops dumped in landfill: report.

U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Cynthia Judy The US Air…

U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Cynthia Judy

The US Air Force dumped the cremated, partial remains of at least 274 troops in a landfill before halting the secretive practice in 2008, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

The procedure was never formally authorized or disclosed to senior Pentagon officials, who conducted a review of the cremation policies of Dover Air Base — the main point of entry for US war dead — in 2008, the Post said.

Nor was the dumping ever disclosed to the families of the fallen troops, who had authorized the military to dispose of the remains in a respectful and dignified manner, the Post said, citing Air Force officials.

The newspaper quoted officials as saying that a precise count of the remains disposed of at a Virginia landfill would require searching through the records of 6,300 troops whose remains have passed through Dover since 2001.

Source: AFP

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  • Matt in Oklahoma

    I do not understand how this happened. If I find out one of mine is in there in gonna get ugly up in there pronto. We dont put it on the line every day for some lazy punk to throw us away.

  • Bart

    I think we should declare the landfill a national cemetary, and declare Dover Air Base a national landfill.