Headstones found with misspellings, errors at Fort Bragg cemetery

May 30, 2013 4:44:25 PM PDT
Some say the dead are being disrespected at the Fort Bragg cemetery.

So far, dozens of gravestones have been found with misspelling and showing the wrong ranks of the military men and women buried at the cemetery.

It's a problem the Army is now addressing.

Fort Bragg officials told ABC11 via email that this problem is being addressed through an Army gravesite accountability project, and is being corrected right now.

That project stems from the huge problem at Arlington National Cemetery over several years when problems like unmarked graves and improper handling of remains was discovered.

In all, there are just over 50 headstone errors at the Fort Bragg cemetery.

ABC11 was made aware of the issue through another problem.

On Memorial Day, families were upset about the poor upkeep of cemetery grounds. Some of that problem is due to budget cuts.

On Wednesday, Fort Bragg said because of the gravesite errors, and the possibility of having to move headstones and markers, the grounds upkeep will be put on hold.

It's a slew of unfortunate problems people in this military community have strong feelings about.

"Well, it's just shocking. If I was a parent, a child of one of these people, I'd be extremely upset," said Fayetteville resident Kathi Rodden. "It's unacceptable to have it incorrect. It's so disrespectful."

Corrected headstones are on the way to Fort Bragg, and should take about a month to arrive.

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