Skip to comments.Military Burial Law to Be Re-Evaluated
Posted on 08/10/2005 4:44:19 PM PDT by lunarbicep
WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee plans to review rules that govern who can _ and cannot _ be laid to rest in national cemeteries after the ashes of a convicted murderer were placed in Arlington National Cemetery.
The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee will take up the issue in September when Congress returns from its recess, its chairman, Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, said Wednesday.
Russell Wayne Wagner, 52, a Vietnam War veteran, died Feb. 7 of a heroin overdose in prison. In 2002, he was convicted of the Valentine's Day 1994 murders of Daniel Davis, 84, and Wilda Davis, 80, and was sentenced to two consecutive life terms. The victims were found bound and stabbed in their home in Hagerstown, Md.
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The right to burial in Arlington is based on honorable military service, not on your life after the military. Though I don't agree with this guys actions(murder), he still earned the right to burial there.
in theory, couldn't Lee Harvey Oswald have been buried at Arlington too?
never mind, google informed me that he was changed to dishonorable post his defection to USSR...
going to commie land tends to do that
I agree with you wholeheartedly. In theory, Teddy Kennedy, who never served as far as I know [too busy cheating on Spanish tests]can be buried at Arlington as a member of Congress-and he's got one dead woman, and accesory to the rape of another under his ever burgeoning belt.
The swimmer served in the Army, briefly, after being expelled from Harvard.
"Congress passed a law in 1997 prohibiting people convicted of federal or state capital crimes and sentenced to death or life imprisonment without parole from being interred at Arlington and other military cemeteries. Wagner would have become eligible in 2017 for a review that could have led to parole, according to the Maryland Division of Corrections.
The law was aimed in part at preventing convicted Army veteran Timothy McVeigh, who carried out the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, from being buried in Arlington."
As I understand the protocals, Arlington is not a guaranteed burial plot, regardless of service record. By the by, your wapo link took me to an ACLU ad/spam.
I'd have to ask for an exception for Chapi-Teddy to not be buried there. Besides, I bet Chapi-Teddy would want to be buried in Kentucky, next to one of the distilleries.
Times/things change in a person's life (not condoning); he served, received honorable...cased closed....
The right to be buried there is earned by doing honorable military service. In my case, I did that for 20 years. If I were to commit a capitol crime, that doesn't make my 20 years of service any less honorable. By the way, I have no plans to do anything of the sort.
It doesn't make your service less honorable, but it does make you DIShonorable and not worthy.
Wouldn't be the first time....
I do stand by what I typed....
My father in law is buried in a local cemetery. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He then lived a decent, moral life even when I know for sure he would have liked to cut loose and done otherwise.
That man should not be buried there. Period.
"Teddy Kennedy, who never served as far as I know [too busy cheating on Spanish tests]can be buried at Arlington as a member of Congress."
Thank you for making my gag reflex kick in
"was honorably discharged" ...This is the statement from the article that says he earned the right...
A review is in order.
Zell Miller's in charge now, I'm sure the right thing will be done
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