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Thu Oct 10, 2013, 07:29 AM

Pentagon unit held 'phony' ceremonies for MIAs, using planes that can't fly

By Bill Dedman
Investigative Reporter, NBC News

HONOLULU A unit of the U.S. Department of Defense has been holding so-called "arrival ceremonies" for seven years, with an honor guard carrying flag-draped coffins off of a cargo plane as though they held the remains of missing American service men and women returning that day from old battlefields.

After NBC News raised questions about the arrival ceremonies, the Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday that no honored dead were in fact arriving, and that the planes used in the ceremonies often couldn't even fly but were towed into position.

The solemn ceremonies at a military base in Hawaii are a sign of the nation's commitment to returning and identifying its fallen warriors. The ceremonies have been attended by veterans and families of MIAs, led to believe that they were witnessing the return of Americans killed in World War II, Vietnam and Korea.
http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/10/20889368-pentagon-unit-held-phony-ceremonies-for-mias-using-planes-that-cant-fly?lite>1=43001

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liberal N proud Oct 2013 OP
MrScorpio Oct 2013 #1
liberal N proud Oct 2013 #2
hootinholler Oct 2013 #3
sammytko Oct 2013 #4
tabasco Oct 2013 #5

Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 07:32 AM

1. I'm wondering if the vets and families are aware of this... nt

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 07:36 AM

2. Doesn't sound like this guy did...

Jesse Baker, an 81-year-old Air Force veteran of World War II and Korea living in Honolulu, said he has been to more than 50 of these ceremonies. He told NBC News that he's always been under the impression that the plane had just arrived carrying recovered remains.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 08:21 AM

3. W.T.F.?!?! n/t

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 08:27 AM

4. There were remains, just hadn't returned that day

They had been in the lab for identification.

It's a "ceremony". Must have been on a regular schedule otherwise how could people know to attend.

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Thu Oct 10, 2013, 08:31 AM

5. What a sorry-ass charade. n/t

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