LOLITA C. BALDOR
March 30, 2012
Newly released Pentagon documents show that U.S. Air Force officers debated briefly about burial at sea before concluding that 1,321 unidentifiable fragments of remains from the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon should be treated as medical waste and incinerated.
A string of emails running from Aug. 5-7, 2002, reveal that an unnamed Air Force colonel suggested scattering the already-cremated remains at sea. A second official â€” a civilian and â€” said it may be appropriate to also have witnesses and a chaplain present.