Another Arlington Cemetery Update

For those of you following the fiasco that has gone on for some time now, I give you the latest news from Arlington Cemetery!  From U. S. News, Published: Sept. 21, 2010 at 8:26 AM:

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 21 (UPI) — A retired U.S. Air Force colonel has been visiting an empty grave at Arlington National Cemetery because of a burial mistake, a cemetery spokesman said.Army spokesman Gary Tallman confirmed the wife of Col. William C. Koch Jr. was not buried in the grave Koch has been visiting for the past 4 1/2 years, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.  Instead, Tallman said the coffin containing Koch’s wife was found one grave over in a plot marked by a headstone for an army staff sergeant.

Cemetery workers found the staff sergeant in the next grave over in a plot marked for the wife of a retired Navy commander.  When that grave was opened, there were two sets of remains: the staff sergeant’s coffin and an urn containing the remains of the Navy commander’s wife.  The mixups are the latest in a series of burial problems at Arlington that resulted in the ouster of the cemetery’s two top leaders.

Reminds me of playing “The Wheel” in a casino.  Round and round she goes, where it stops nobody knows!  Only winning in this instance is actually finding where your family member is buried!  Come to think of it, maybe the odds of finding your family member’s gravesite would improve with a “Wheel” instead of the system they’re using now.  Couldn’t hurt!



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