Army Finds Mismarked Graves At Arlington Cemetery The Army has identified at least 200 cases at Arlington National Cemetery where graves were misidentified or where there was poor record-keeping. Management problems at Arlington have been a subject of an internal investigation for months.
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Army Finds Mismarked Graves At Arlington Cemetery

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Army Finds Mismarked Graves At Arlington Cemetery

Army Finds Mismarked Graves At Arlington Cemetery

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The Army has identified at least 200 cases at Arlington National Cemetery where graves were misidentified or where there was poor record-keeping. Management problems at Arlington have been a subject of an internal investigation for months.

ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:

NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

SCOTT HORSLEY: Army Secretary John McHugh called the findings deeply troubling.

JOHN MCHUGH: There's simply no excuse, and on behalf of the United States Army, on behalf of myself, I deeply apologize to the families of the honored fallen resting in that hallowed ground who may now question the care afforded to their loved ones.

HORSLEY: McHugh said dysfunctional management was partly to blame, reprimanding Arlington's superintendent and putting his deputy on administrative leave. Inspector General Steven Whitcomb said Arlington also suffers from an antiquated paper recordkeeping system, inadequate for a cemetery handling up to 30 funerals each day.

STEVEN WHITCOMB: Clearly we found nothing that was intentional, criminally intent or intended sloppiness that caused this, but as the secretary pointed out, this is a zero-defect operation.

HORSLEY: Scott Horsley, NPR News, Washington.

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