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Funeral photo: Wisconsin National Guard photo with American casket causes anger

This photo posted on Instagram has caused sever outrage.
This photo posted on Instagram has caused sever outrage.

Judgment was obviously not in the head of a Wisconsin National Guard soldier when he posted a picture on his Instagram. According to the USA Today on Feb. 18, 2014, the photo showed a group of soldiers with a a casket draped in the American flag and posing in silly ways or laughing and making funny faces.

The caption with the photo simply said:

"We put the FUN in funeral."

One thing of note is that the casket was empty and sitting in a training facility in Arkansas. There has been a second photo posted to that same Instagram account that shows the female soldier complaining about how cold it is in Wisconsin and a future outdoor funeral.

A National Guard spokesman by the name of Major Paul Rickert issued a statement after the photo was seen by staff late on Monday evening.

"The National Guard takes the responsibility for our fallen soldiers and veterans very seriously, and we expect soldiers to handle it with professionalism and honor," Rickert said.

By Tuesday afternoon, over 1,000 comments had been left on the Wisconsin National Guard's Facebook page regarding the image. Spc. Terry Harrison posted the photo and has been "indefinitely suspended" pending an investigation.

Maj. Rickert has said that the page has been left up and online so that anyone wishing to vent, could do so. A staff is monitoring the page to make sure no bad language or threats are posted.

Wisconsin's adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Donald Dunbar, issued a statement regarding the photo:

"We expect all of our soldiers and airmen to live by a core set of values, in word and deed," Dunbar said. "I was appalled by the offensive photos and comments that appeared on this soldier's social media site regarding her duties as a funeral honor guard member."

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