Hundreds of Graves Mishandled at Arlington National Cemetery

Friday, June 11, 2010

Over 200 bodies may have been misidentified or misplaced at Arlington National Cemetery, the Army said on Thursday. Arlington National Cemetery's superintendent and deputy have been ousted following a newly released Pentagon report revealing misidentified graves and poor record keeping. 

The cemetery's outdated practice of tracking all burials on paper was poorly equipped to handle the cemetery's average schedule of thirty funerals a day. This mismanagement has led to bodies being buried one on top of the other, urns of ashes being discovered in dirt heaps.

Dorothy Nolte's sister was interred in one of the 211 "mismanaged" burials. She says that Arlington moved her sister at the cemetary without telling her. Mark Benjamin, writer for Salon.com, was the reporter who discovered the story of Nolte's sister and called to let her know. He's been investigating the story for over a year.

Guests:

Mark Benjamin and Dorothy Nolte

Produced by:

Posey Gruener

Comments [2]

richard viren from Missouri

It all come down to money. Pay enough money for work to be done and it will be done correctly. When the government hires at the low end of the wage scale they get what they pay for. I think the secretary of the VA should be fired.

Jun. 12 2010 08:05 AM
Andres Maldonado from Miami, Fl.

Not only am I shocked like many but sadden as an ex service personnel that many of my honored brethren have been misplaced in their final resting place. And no that apology doesn't do it for me. This issue should not have happened in the first place, if we don't do it for our presidents then we shouldn't do it for or Honored men and women!

Jun. 11 2010 09:47 AM

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