A news report about the USS Iowa gun turret explosion in 1989.
Photo of Airmen with Casket Surfaces
The Air Force said Thursday it was investigating a photograph of a group of airmen posing with another airman pretending to be dead and lying in an open casket with a noose around his neck. Written at the bottom of the photo are the words: "Da Dumpt, Da Dumpt ... Sucks 2 Be U." Though apparently unrelated, the photo is particularly sensitive because word of it follows revelations about the mishandling of remains of the war dead at the Air Force mortuary in Dover, Del. Todd Spitler, an Air Force spokesman at the Pentagon, said the airmen in the photo are from Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and were attending training at Fort Lee, Va., when the photograph was taken. In the photo, 15 airmen wearing military fatigues surround another airman standing nearly upright in the casket. The airman in the casket has chains on his body and a noose around his neck. Most of the airmen surrounding him have their arms crossed in front of themselves in an "X" formation. Read more at http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/air-force-launches-investigation-over-photo-121411#ixzz1h76DRkeC