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Landfill Gets Remains Of War Dead

The Dover Air Force Base mortuary for years disposed of portions of troops’ remains by cremating them and dumping the ashes in a Virginia landfill, a practice that officials have since abandoned in favor of burial at sea. The mortuary in Delaware, the main point of entry for the nation’s war dead and the target of federal investigations of alleged mishandling of remains, engaged in the practice from 2003 to 2008, according to Air Force officials. The manner of disposal was not disclosed to relatives of fallen service members. Air Force officials acknowledged the practice Wednesday in response to inquiries from The Washington Post/Craig Whitlock & Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. More here. (AP file photo)

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