Army inquiry finds 211 graves mishandled at Arlington Cemetery

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Potentially hundreds of American veterans and their family members who were laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery were misidentified or mislocated, including troops from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new Army investigation.

The investigation culminated in a change in leadership at the historic cemetery that has been home to U.S. veterans since 1864.

McHugh launched the Army inspector general's investigation last fall after reports of cremated remains being buried in the wrong gravesites, according to Army officials. It was an expansion of an ongoing investigation into cemetery management issues launched by previous Secretary Peter Geren.

The investigation cited missing burial records, unmarked graves and burial urns put in a spillage pile, where dirt dug up for gravesites is left. Inaccurate burial maps are a "systemic problem," investigators said....

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