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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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Steve-a-rino February 18 2014 at 12:38 PM

People would have more fun (and get away with more stupidity like this) if they just put their gd phones away. More people are getting into more trouble via self-inflicted ignorance like this. Here's an old-school tip: Do what you want but don't take any pictures of it!

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gahooter2 February 18 2014 at 12:59 PM

Just awful! It's hard to believe that she even posted such crap. She obviously didn't think about the repercussions from these pictures! She should be reprimanded!

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eaglemore46 February 18 2014 at 1:01 PM

20 year retired Air Force Msgt ,, yes she has the freedon of speech (she earned it wearing the uniform) ,, BUT ,, we also have the right as military members to hold her to task over those statments ,, she made those statements while in uniform and in the performance of her assigned duties. A letter of repremand and/or reduction in grade is called for ,, maybe the next time she is asked to place one of our own in hallowed ground she will reflect on the cost we pay for the freedom she so fragrantly abused ..

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gottabewv eaglemore46 February 18 2014 at 1:10 PM

Good post Sgt!

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toecheese44 gottabewv February 18 2014 at 1:18 PM

freedom of speech ? come on master sgt,that was nothing but a fool posting pics of something that is not funny,or freedom of speech. it was down right disrespectful and cruel to the folks who have given their sons and daughters,she should be court martialed and booted from the national guard,what a disgrace.thanks for your service master sgt.........w.f.s. 11b inf............................

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bcat79 February 18 2014 at 6:16 PM

Youthful idiot. When she is older she might realize the ramification, the pain and the seriousness of her behavior.

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gargore3 February 18 2014 at 1:02 PM

That is the most disgraceful, awful thing I have read in a long time. She is just plain STUPID!

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YourFtr February 18 2014 at 1:03 PM

Saw a Funeral Firing squad go up to do their 21 gun gun salute.....
but all of the guns jammed....
each time they went up the guns were still jammed......no shot went off ??
When I asked them why ??
TGhey said the service only issued them Blasnk rounds;\
siince the guns are made to fire live rounds..
they will jam at random.....in this case all of the guns jammed the first time.
You can't clear them in 10 seconds......

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gargore3 February 18 2014 at 1:04 PM

P. S. to my comment below...she needs to be removed for any Honor Guard services. My father would be coming after her if he were alive.

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sonnybabe59 February 18 2014 at 6:12 PM

Is the whole WNG ******** like her? Kick her ass

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toyslr February 18 2014 at 5:55 PM

Sgt. Terry Harrison is her name!

She has been suspended from her position as of today.

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dd1820 toyslr February 18 2014 at 6:03 PM

exactly what she deserves, and maybe busted in rank , so much for setting the example as an NCO.....SGT LOSER front and center

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lodz61261 toyslr February 18 2014 at 6:42 PM

Do I smell which hunt why don't you tell us her children.s names and why you don 't seem to think there's nothing wrong with it why are most people are like a puppet on a string.

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jamaeslthumper lodz61261 February 18 2014 at 9:55 PM

witch and anything...skipped too many English classes

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msgoe February 18 2014 at 1:07 PM

there should be a pc test for this position .. clearly she is way too immature to do the job

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