Skip to comments.Soldiers mugging around empty casket sparks furor
Posted on 02/19/2014 8:22:41 AM PST by Pan_Yan
The Wisconsin National Guard responded Tuesday by announcing that it had suspended the soldier who apparently posted the photograph online from her honor guard duties. The photograph was taken at a guard training facility in Arkansas and included soldiers from other units.
The National Guard also was taking steps to protect the soldier after she received death threats.
The photograph originally posted on Instagram shows about a dozen soldiers around a casket. Several hug playfully. One flashes a peace sign. Another has his back turned and is pointing off in the distance.
The caption reads, "We put the FUN in funeral -- your fearless honor guard from various states."
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This is SO STUPID as to make me suspicious...
More fall out on Natl. Guard photo.
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Looks like the gay brigade to me.
These were jokes. No one’s remains were desecrated or mistreated so no one has a reason to be offended.
It must be stressful and depressing to be around so much death and sadness every day.
I think the phrase “gallows humor” fits this situation.
Unfortunately, some soldiers just do plain old dumb a** stupid stuff. This is an instance where they went from d-a to dispicable. After 20 years in the Army and working with the Army for another 20 years as a civilian, I don’t doubt it is authentic.
Is that truly the honor guard uniform? I thought they used dress uniforms.
This is what our military has become? These individuals are not battle worthy obviously.
Not battle worthy indeed- there are chicks in the pics.
Go to war for decades on end, expect your military to collapse into chaos.
I spent nine years on subs. I get gallows humor. And honestly I don’t really see any real damage in posing around an empty casket while at an honor guard training class (I wouldn’t have had the flag on it though).
In the old days a picture like this would be in someone’s scrapbook. Now it’s splashed across the world in seconds and there are way too many people eager to take a stab at every slight regarding our military.
Perhaps. . .but dumb to post publicly.
Gives "Soap Box Derby" a whole new meaning.
There are some things you do not “joke,” about.
If they are not mature enough to recognize this, they should never be a part of any honor guard.
Plain and simple. In this case, no excuses needed or accepted.
I agree...The casket was empty...They were mucking it up for an apparent photo shoot in front of someone's cell phone...Probably waiting for a photographer to show up...
I’d bet at least ten of them are Obama supporters.
They probably were rehearsing the Drill and Ceremony rather than actually on the funerary detail.
So to embracing wars that have no
victory condition — how exactly does one win the War on Terror?
Yeah this seems a little too contrived. For example the two guys on the right hugging as if some leftist was trying to make a comment on gays in the military.
I don’t get it. Whose ox is being gored here?
Empty casket. Bad taste, yeah.
And a country full of people looking for something, anything, to be offended about.
I guess it's a matter of what standards people are expected to adhere to. At one end no one is really surprised that a sailor or marine who pulls into a foreign port after four months at sea might get drunk in public. At the other end of the spectrum a guard from the Tomb of the Unknowns can have his Tomb Guard Identification Badge revoked even after he becomes a civilian if he does something deemed dishonorable.
I guess people expect soldiers assigned to an honor guard to always be respectful around a flag draped coffin, even an empty one.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
“We put the FUN in funeral”
I already hate myself for this, but that’s funny...
“Vote Progressive, We put the “U” in Gulag!”
People, especially young people, often don’t think about the repercussions of posting things like this online.
Probably the biggest problem for them is not that they behaved badly, but that someone posted it online and that reflects on their superiors. Now reprimands won’t do (where one might have sufficed had this been found in a scrapbook or on a desk), but heads will have to roll—especially since the Internet Rage Machine is in full swing.
It was disrespectful to behave as they did and they should be held accountable, but I also think it’s unfortunate that careers will probably be over because of this.
There is NOTHING I will not joke about, including the deaths of close friends and relatives.
These soldiers are doing nothing remotely like that. They are displaying, through their "jokes," a gross disrespect regarding the death of American servicemen and they should be not only called on the carpet for it...they should be transferred to other duty.
I do not think they showed gross disrespect regarding the death of American servicemen. I think that is a massive overstatement from someone who appears to be actively looking for reasons to be offended and outraged.
Oh, I see...so now you use this sterling judgement of yours to somehow jump to a conclusion that I am looking to be offended and outraged?
Well...I rest my case.
I am not “looking,” for anything. I just expressed my opinion about soldiers, who are assigned to an “Honor Detail,” making a joke out of a coffin draped with an American flag that represents the death of a US soldier.
You have every right to your opinion, and to disagree with mine. However, as I stated, in my opinion, such behaovior is dishonrable, direspectful, and hholly uncalled for and out of character for any Honor Detail.