Retrieved from the Garden Island newspaper as compiled from The Associated Press, author of the article is not disclosed, March 31, 2012.
Summary: Newly released documents show that Air Force officers had argued to have a burial at sea for remains from the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. However, it was concluded that 1,321 fragments of the remains could not be identified. Following this discovery it was decided that the remains be treated as medical waste and incinerated. The true issue at stake is whether the remains are significant enough to be treated as human remains through a burial at sea, or if they should be treated as waste because a majority of the remains were unidentifiable.
Most recently, 2,000 pages of emails were released by the Pentagon on Friday that contained information pertaining to operations at the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Specifically, the emails discussed investigations that were being done in regards the mishandling of war dead and other remains there, as well as records about the disposal of body fragments.