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Pictures posted by Funeral Honor Guard member spark outrage

Pictures Posted by Funeral Honor Guard Member Creates Outrage

It's supposed to be a Wisconsin National Guard tradition, but what was caught on camera is now causing an internet firestorm and has led to a military investigation.

The Wisconsin National Guard has been part of Wisconsin's Funeral Honor Guard for decades, but two pictures posted to social media by a Milwaukee member of the honor guard are sparking outrage.

WISN 12 News isn't identifying the soldier in the pictures because she said she's been receiving death threats after they went viral.

The Wisconsin National Guard confirmed to WISN 12 News it is launching an investigation into her social media account.

The first photo under scrutiny shows her with a folded flag in the background with the caption, "It's so damn cold out. Why have a funeral outside? Somebody's getting a jacked up flag."

The second is from her recent graduation of training for honors at funerals.

WISN 12 News has learned the casket shown in the photo was empty, but some online are upset at the caption at the bottom saying, "We put the 'fun' in funeral."

A spokesman for the Wisconsin National Guard confirmed for WISN 12 News that the woman is a member in Milwaukee.

WISN 12 News reporter Christina Palladino reached the specialist by phone Monday evening. She told Palladino she was contacted by the National Guard Monday, but she would not comment any further on the photo controversy.

The guard released a statement to WISN 12 News saying in part, "The Wisconsin National Guard takes our responsibilities for our fallen soldiers and veterans very seriously. We expect all soldiers who carry out this detail to handle it with professionalism and honor."

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eaglephoenix2 February 18 2014 at 1:27 PM

Social media has everyone thinking they are starring in their own movie - and getting something to go viral is a more important goal than honor in this case.

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Storm February 18 2014 at 1:53 PM

She needs to be put in her place wherever that is. If she caannnot respect her job then she needs to go to kitchen KP or latrine duty. I sure woulsnt want her at my late husbands funeral who was a Vie Nam Vet or my brothers who served in Korea or my Dad or uncles who served in WW1 and WW2. SHe may be cold but these people are dead warriors and deserve better treatment then this hag has dished out. Take her stripes and give her the boot.

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lax537 Storm February 18 2014 at 2:03 PM

right on the money Storm but unfortunately she represents this new generation. its all about ME. created by their mommy and daddys.

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dkk82d February 18 2014 at 12:40 PM

What an idiot. She should be court martialed. Period.

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cmjinpg February 18 2014 at 12:42 PM

As previoiusly posted by me - if you comment on this - please list YOUR military status. I will go first - mine is none - just a close relationship with many military vets. Thank you.

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Thomas cmjinpg February 18 2014 at 12:52 PM

Already posted, but retired USAF 1977-1998 who flew reconnaissance birds. Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing!

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Sue February 18 2014 at 12:46 PM

My son was KIA 10/27/2009 in Afghanistan by IED. These pictures are awful as are the comments. I pray my son was not brought home (three times) by servicemembers such as some of these. My son respected his brothers and sisters in arms and no matter how much steam needs to be blown off you DO NOT ever make fun of those that make the ultimate sacrifice or complain about the weather details. THe detail should be carried out by military who have served in a war zone maybe and have lost a friend or loved one. I hope the military does not take this lightly and punishes these that thought this was such a joke so future Gold Star families do not have to think of the antics happening with their loved ones. DISGRACEFUL

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Sue Sue February 18 2014 at 12:47 PM

Proud Army and Gold Star Mom Susan Stanker, SPC Jared D Stanker

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joet7373 February 18 2014 at 12:47 PM

She missed the part of decency in basic training

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merkjones February 18 2014 at 8:30 PM

Comes down to total Disrespect. Who would think Fun in Funeral. What a bunch of low class individuals. and blanking out their faces. Why? If they are having fun let's see who considers this fun. They brought this onto themselves. If it was a minor child I can understand faces blanked out on some stories. This is adults being of sound mind and body (BUT SICK) need to be shown not protected. Really was not a nice thing to say and is sad for the families.

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Rick Elkin February 18 2014 at 12:47 PM

This ANG person should stripped of her rank and taken off the Honor Guard rolls. She has no respect for the fallen members of our military...She should take pause and imagine herself in one of the coffins she makes fun of.

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gramargo Rick Elkin February 18 2014 at 4:05 PM

I wonder if any of the other members of this unit did the same sort of thing, and if they've had any repercussions. I hope they had better sense than she demonstrated. A picture is one thing, but stupid comments like hers are entirely uncalled for any place, any time.

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Vicki February 18 2014 at 8:38 PM

There certainly was no "honor or professionalism" with this woman. She needs to be ousted. The rest of the National Guard deserves better respect than she represents.

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RICH February 18 2014 at 1:56 PM

What an idiot ! That's a sacred duty and she cheapens it with her juvenile bar room humor. Disgraceful

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