Pentagon probing reports John Glenn's remains were disrespected

Erika Turner
May 28, 2017

The U.S. Air Force is investigating reports that a mortuary staffer twice offered inspectors "a peek" at celebrated astronaut John Glenn's body while it was being kept at Dover Air Force Base in DE, awaiting burial, according to the Military Times.

Air Force officials are investigating concerns raised about management of the mortuary and allegations that inspectors who visited the facility this spring were invited to look at Glenn's remains, which they declined to do.

Skillman called the mortuary staffer's purported behavior "clearly inappropriate and personally shocking". Glenn died at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he was hospitalized for more than a week.

Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth and passed away ay the age of 95 in December of 2016.

8 and the Air Force was asked to hold Glenn's remains until he could be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

The Military Times said the incidents happened at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

A U.S. Air Force watchdog is investigating a report that a senior mortuary employee offered to show the remains of famed astronaut and Sen.

"The Air Force takes extremely seriously its responsibility to fulfill the nation's sacred commitment of ensuring dignity, honor and respect to the fallen and care, service and support to their families", Ryder said.

Before his internment at Arlington National Cemetery last month, Glenn's remains traveled to OH, his home state, which he represented for 24 years as a Democratic U.S. senator.

Zwicharowski says he only wanted to show the inspectors the embalming procedures used on remains that are kept for months.

The body was being cared for by the Air Force when the mortuary's branch chief William Zwicharowski "offered to allow inspectors to view the deceased", the newspaper reported.

Zwicharowski also said he's had no access to the mortuary since Monday, when he was notified that he was under an inspector general's investigation.

Skillman, who led the inspection team that traveled to Dover, immediately alerted the mortuary's deputy commander and asked him to address the matter with Zwicharowski.

The Military Times quoted sources saying the Air Force investigation is underway.

In the interim, his body was stored at the DE air base, which handles the remains of slain troops from overseas.

"I want to guarantee the families of our fallen, in the past and in the future, that they're treated with honor dignity and respect here at Dover", Zwicharowski told a reporter in 2013.

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