Photo of soldiers clowning around empty casket sparks furor; National Guard investigating

  • Article by: M.L. JOHNSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 19, 2014 - 1:05 PM

The caption on the photo reads: "We put the FUN in funeral -- your fearless honor guard from various states."

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regionguyFeb. 19, 14 1:29 PM

Time for a court-martial, and at least "other than honorable conditions" discharges. Maybe some time in the stockade, too.

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realityfirstFeb. 19, 14 1:43 PM

100% serious 100% of the time. You want the people in the honor guard to be humans or robots? How long was this training? You expect them not to crack any jokes or lighten the mood the entire time? To those with a negative opinion of these soldiers how much your time have you dedicated to our fallen in the last year?

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humanfodderFeb. 19, 14 1:45 PM

Yes, it was absolutely inappropriate. However, those of us who are older can attest to the fact while these young men are wearing uniforms, they are still very young, kids really. Reprimand them of course, but no need to go ton-o-bricks on them.

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Slider451Feb. 19, 14 1:45 PM

As a veteran, I know first-hand how service members can develop morbid senses of humor. It's a coping mechanism to make the intolerable more tolerable, especially during the longest war in history. It has nothing to do with lack of honor or respect for the deceased. But such joking needs to be kept in the unit, lest outsiders get the wrong impression, as happened here. Finally, none of the above excuses the poor attitude displayed by the Soldier complaining about the cold and implying she will not do her duty the best she can. That displayed a lack of maturity and professionalism on her part that should not reflect on her fellow soldiers.

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quilamollyFeb. 19, 14 1:53 PM

I am in law enforcement and there are times at death scenes where an officer will make a comment that may be a bit distasteful in an attempt to lighten the mood. This is never intentionally done near family or any other member of the public but I am guessing some people have screwed that up too. It is not meant to disrespect the deceased - it is just meant to help those involved get through an unpleasant task. I have never seen anyone take photos in this manner and I would never allow it but I am thinking that all involved in this case have now figured out that this was inappropriate. Their conduct was wrong but certainly not to the point that careers should be in jeopardy or to be worthy of death threats. Lets all learn from this and move on.

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circleoflifeFeb. 19, 14 2:11 PM

People are too sensitive. Why immediately go to the negative and be offended? We have become a country of wimps and cry babies. Unless they intentionally set out to hurt or disrespect anyone, the thought police need to either get a new job or stay home. I'm more disgusted with the people who are "offended".

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haye0138Feb. 19, 14 2:12 PM

is it just me, or is some of this social media nonsense getting out of hand? Not everything you do needs to be broadcast to the world...

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pkbrandonFeb. 19, 14 2:22 PM

It is clear that the serious offense was posting the photo online -- the person who took the photo was the one who gave it world wide attention.

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Commonsensical Feb. 19, 14 3:44 PM

These guys are not subject to the UCMJ, they are State militia. Anyone who tells me the NG has is the same qualifications as active duty, is FOS.

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darkelfFeb. 19, 14 3:51 PM

it'll be nice when the world is run by generations which grew up with social media and don't make a big deal of it all.

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