Misplaced Bodies Discovered at Arlington National Cemetery

September 16, 2010

The Army says two people were buried in the wrong graves at Arlington National Cemetery, as it followed up an investigation into bookkeeping problems and burial mix-ups at one of the nation's most hallowed sites.

After a report issued in June found that the problems could potentially affect thousands of graves, defense officials received about 1,100 calls from worried families.

Army spokesman Gary Tallman says one of those calls was from the widow of an Army staff sergeant. That led to the exhumation of her husband's casket late last month. Tallman says the remains in it belonged to someone else, so officials opened a nearby grave and found the woman's husband.

Another grave was opened Wednesday in a different section of Arlington. At the request of his father, the grave and casket of Marine Private First Class Heath Warner of Canton, Ohio, were opened.

Tallman says the site was found to hold the remains of Warner, who was killed in Iraq in 2006.

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