Congressman Calls For '100 Percent Survey' Of Arlington National Cemetery

Army Secretary Testifies At Hearing On Mismanagement Of Arlington Cemetery

Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Army Inspector General Lt. Gen. Steven Whitcomb testify before the House Armed Services Committee. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America hide caption

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Earlier this month, Secretary of the Army John McHugh presented the results of a six-month Army inquiry into problems at Arlington National Cemetery, including improperly marked graves, mismanagement, bad recordkeeping, and wire fraud.

(You can read that report here.)

If that wasn't bad enough, on June 17, The Washington Post reported on its discovery of "several mud-caked headstones," which "line the banks of a small stream at Arlington National Cemetery, the country's most venerated burial ground."

Farther upstream in a wooded area, a few others lie submerged with the rocks that line the stream bed.

Today, at a House Armed Services Committee (HASC) hearing "to review the Army investigation of Arlington National Cemetery," Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO), the chairman of the committee, called for another inquiry into Arlington National Cemetery.

"Given the limited nature of the investigation up until now, I am afraid that the 200 irregularities associated with gravesites may only be a fraction of the problem," he said in his opening statement. "We must be prepared that a 100 percent survey of the cemetery and all its operations, which I believe must now be undertaken, will yield a larger number of problems that must be addressed."

Committee members heard from McHugh and Army Inspector General Lt. Gen. R. Steven Whitcomb. You can read their prepared testimony after the jump.



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