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Report: 274 troops' remains dumped in landfill

Dec. 7, 2011 - 09:58PM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 7, 2011 - 09:58PM  |  
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WASHINGTON — A published report says the remains of many more troops have been dumped in a Virginia landfill than the military originally acknowledged.

The http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/air-force-dumped-ashes-of-more-troops-in-va-landfill-than-acknowledged/2011/12/07/gIQAT8ybdO_story.html">Washington Post says the incinerated partial remains of at least 274 American troops were sent to the King George County Landfill in Virginia. The report was based on database information at the Dover Air Base, Del., mortuary, where the remains of most war dead return.

The families of the dead authorized the military to dispose of the remains respectfully and with dignity. They were unaware of the landfill dumping, and Air Force officials told The Post they have no plans now to alert the families.

Military policy or regulations did not formally authorize the practice. The mortuary has handled the remains of more than 6,300 troops since 2001.

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