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Three 'found in wrong graves' in US

Arlington National Cemetery has recently discovered three people buried in the wrong graves, the US Army said.

The revelation follows an investigation into book-keeping problems and burial mix-ups at the site in Virginia, one of the US's best-known burial grounds.

After a report on the probe issued in June found that the problems could potentially affect thousands of graves, defence officials received about 1,100 calls from worried families.

One of those calls, from the widow of an army staff sergeant, led to the exhumation of three graves late last month. The three remains in those graves, all former members of the armed forces, were found to be in the wrong place, said army spokesman Gary Tallman.

"The families are satisfied that the problem was fixed," he said.

A fourth grave was opened in a different section of Arlington.

At the request of his father, the grave and casket of Marine Private First Class Heath Warner were opened.

The site was found to hold the remains of Marine Warner, who was killed in Iraq in 2006, Mr Tallman said.

"We're gratified that the outcome was positive and they (the family) were able to gain some closure," Mr Tallman added.

Tallman said he was not aware of any other requests for exhumation.


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