Yes, you heard correctly: the Airforce somehow or another managed to screw up their records and sent the ashes of 274 fallen soldiers to a garbage dump in Virginia. And it doesn't look like they'll be able to do anything to recover them.
Usually I'd be pretty upset, but for some reason I have a hard time believing this actually happened. I mean, this is the freaking US military
we're talking about, who put such high value in the ceremonies for the dead, and typically go beserk over the slightest infringement of their traditions (ex dropping a flag on the ground by accident). There's gotta be something else to this story, because how can you even possibly mix up a guy's remains with the trash!?
Would you believe I never fully watched the original Indiana Jones trilogy? I gotta correct that someday.