Update: Spc. Terry Harrison, a member of the 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment based in Madison, Wisconsin, has been suspended indefinitely from the funeral honors detail, pending an investigation.
Milwaukee, Wi. – Two photos of funeral honor guard members have sparked outrage and an investigation by the Wisconsin National Guard.
One shows a group of soldiers grinning and striking comic poses beside a casket draped in the American flag. The accompanying caption said, “WE put the FUN in funeral your fearless honor guard from various states.” according to the Army Times.
The other image is a selfie of a woman who appears to be in an honor guard with a caption that reads: “It’s so damn cold out…WHY have a funeral outside! Somebody’s getting a jacked up flag…”
The pictures are believed to have come from a woman who is a member of the Wisconsin National Guard, who is now receiving death threats, according to WISN.
The Wisconsin National Guard has launched an investigation.
The Wisconsin National Guard’s Maj. Paul Rickert confirmed to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that at least one of the soldiers posing by the casket is a member of the Wisconsin Guard.
“We take the responsibility given to members with respect to fallen soldiers very seriously and expect all soldiers assigned to (the unit) to perform their duties with honor and respect,” Rickert told the newspaper.