Fort Bragg Cemetery Headstone Mistakes Being Corrected

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) -- Soldiers at Fort Bragg are verifying the information on every headstone at the base's Main Post Cemetery.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that 55 headstones with mistakes have been found. The problems range from misspelled names to incorrect ranks. Soldiers have checked about 60 percent of the cemetery's 2,644 headstones. They hope to finish the job by the end of the week. Headstones with errors are replaced.

Similar reviews are going on at military cemeteries across the county. They were prompted by mismatched headstones, unmarked graves and graves containing multiple bodies uncovered in an investigation of Arlington National Cemetery in 2010.

Soldiers use a smartphone to take a picture of each headstone and the location is marked. A program then matches the information on the headstone with records.


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