An employee at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware allegedly offered inspectors a chance to take a look at John Glenns dead body while awaiting burial, according to a memoranda obtained by The Military Times.
The paper reported that William Zwicharowski, the mortuarys branch director, allegedly offered to allow labour inspectors to view the deceased.
The memo reportedly said that the offering was established in the presence of, and observed by, junior personnels on the Dover Mortuary Branch staff.
The Military Times reported that it reached out to Zwicharowski, but he did not respond.
Glenn, the all-American astronaut and senator who rocketed into history on flights 36 times apart as the first American to orbit the Earth and the oldest person in space, died in December at age 95. Glenn expired at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he was hospitalized for more than a week.
His family reportedly requested the Us air force to care for his remains.
He was eventually buried at Arlington National Cemetery in April with full military honors.
The Military Times reported that the inspectors never viewed the cosmonaut remains. The memoranda reportedly said that Zwicharowski established the offering on two separate occasions: Feb. 28 and March 2.
The leader of regular inspections squad reportedly notified the mortuarys deputy commandant. An Us air force spokesman at the Pentagon said the services inspector general is investigating the issue.
The Us air force takes extremely seriously its responsibility to fulfill the nations sacred commitment of ensuring dignity, honor and respect to the descend and care, services and support to their families, ” Col. Patrick S. Ryder, an Us air force spokesman, announced. “At the conclusion of the investigation, the Us air force will determine what farther corrective actions, if any, may be necessary and appropriate. If any allegations regarding misbehavior are corroborated, those involved will be held accountable.”
The report pointed out that the memoranda was also pointed out that Zwicharowski was pointed out that he believed regular inspections was payback for his exposing how the mortuary mishandled the remains of some of the fallen service fellow members who served in Iraq or Afghanistan six years old earlier.
The memos author reportedly denied the charge, saying, it is important to note that this inspection was made in accordance with a brand-new DoD inspection policy, and three other sites had been inspected prior to the teams inspection of Dover.”
The report cited an interview Zwicharowski had with a daily newspapers back in 2013.
“I want to guarantee the families of our descend, in the past and in the future, that they’re treated with honor, dignity and respect here at Dover . … As long as I’m here, they’ll be treated that route, he said.
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