Morgue Worker Accused of Offering to Show John Glenn's Remains

Malcolm Fuller
May 28, 2017

A top-level Pentagon official has accused a senior mortuary employee at Dover Air Force Base in DE of twice offering a group of inspectors a peek at the dead body of famed astronaut and Marine Corps aviator John Glenn as the American hero awaited burial earlier this year, according to a memo obtained by Military Times.

The inspectors declined the offer.

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Glenn, an astronaut and senator, achieved fame as the first person to orbit the planet and again shocked the world 36 years later when he became the oldest person in space.

The employee twice offered military inspectors a look at Glenn's body while the late Ohio Senator and astronaut was awaiting burial at Arlington National Cemetery, according to an internal Department of Defense memo obtained by the Military Times.

As Air Force officials investigate allegations that inspectors were invited to view the remains of astronaut and former U.S. Sen.

A scandal involving the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, the main point of entry for US troops killed overseas, has rekindled with controversy over the care of astronaut John Glenn's body.

Before his internment at Arlington National Cemetery last month, Glenn's remains traveled to OH, his home state, which he represented for 24 years as a Democratic U.S. senator.

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Skillman noted that Zwicharowski said he believed the inspection reprisal for exposing in 2011 how the mortuary mishandled the remains of troops killed in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson has directed the Air Force Inspector General's office to investigate the incident.

His family reportedly asked the Air Force to care for his remains. "If any allegations of misconduct are substantiated, those involved will be held accountable", Ryder said.

Skillman, who led the inspection team that traveled to Dover, immediately alerted the mortuary's deputy commander and asked him to address the matter with Zwicharowski.

Other than the incident involving Glenn's body, Air Force officials said the inspection itself was a success. "As long as I'm here, they'll be treated that way", he said.

"I just want to say I'm embarrassed for my profession to put that out there, and kind of heartbroken, and I hope the family's not offended in any way", Bill Zwicharowski said.

Zwicharowski and other mortuary workers said they were stunned when the two embalmers returned to Dover in March as part of the Pentagon inspection team.

The Air Force is taking complete responsibility and is conducting an investigation. The Post reports that the Air Force has reassigned Zwicharowski.

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