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Car Key Boi
Jan 25th, 2003, 06:53 PM
From The Denver Post, 1/24/03: http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%7E6439%7E1132683%7E,00.html

Pentagon eyes mass graves
Option would fight contamination after bioterror deaths

By Greg Seigle
Special to The Denver Post

WASHINGTON -

The bodies of U.S. soldiers killed by chemical or biological weapons
in Iraq or future wars may be bulldozed into mass graves and burned to save the lives of surviving troops, under an option being considered by the Pentagon.

Since the Korean War, the U.S. military has taken great pride in
bringing home its war dead, returning bodies to next of kin for
flag-draped, taps-sounding funerals complete with 21-gun salutes.

But the 53-year-old tradition could come to an abrupt halt if large
numbers of soldiers are killed by chemical or biological agents,
according to a proposal quietly circulating through Pentagon
corridors.

Army spokesmen said the option to bury or even burn bodies
contaminated by chemical or biological weapons is being considered,
along with the possibility of placing contaminated corpses in airtight
body bags and sending them home for closed-casket funerals.