The Dover Air Force Base has already been under scrutiny for how it handled the remains of hundreds of American soldiers. On Thursday, the service said it disposed of the cremated partial remains of at least 274 troops in a Virginia landfill. Although the practice was ended three years ago, the Air Force says it has no plans to alert the families of the troops whose remains may have been sent to the landfill.
Congressman Rush D. Holt, Democratic Representative from New Jersey wants answers. So does Gari-Lynn Smith. She's the widow of an Army sergeant killed in Iraq in 2006. She received a letter from Dover mortuary earlier this year stating that the military cremated and incinerated her husband's partial remains and disposed of them in the King George landfill.