Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Talking Tuesday

Vet who died in prison gets national cemetery plot

Associated Press Writer

DENVER (AP) -- Some military veterans are angry that a World War II soldier who died in prison after pleading guilty to killing his wife is scheduled to be buried Tuesday in Denver's Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Raymond R. Sawyer, a former Marine from Colorado, died Aug. 11 in a Tucson, Ariz., state prison while serving 13 years for second-degree murder.

His wife, Frances A. Sawyer, was found strangled in August 1981 in Glendale, Ariz., where the couple lived. The case remained unsolved for 26 years.

Read the rest of the article HERE

Is it only a family matter where a loved one is buried?
Who should make the decision, who is to buried in our National Cemeteries?
If a soldier serves honorably, is this the only qualification or does how he lives the rest of his life factor into the equation?

Your turn................................

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(I've chosen to moderate comments, since I have been receiving some Asian commments w/links. If anyone knows how to block commentors, please let me know. I do apologize for the incovenience. If needed, I will take AirmanMom private)


TheAlbrechtSquad said...

I have the same probably with the Asian characters...makes me nuts.

This is a tough question...I do think that you should live as you served, honorably..

Now a days you can barely get into the Military with any type of infraction, it doesn't matter what type it was.

Coffeypot said...

Using the WV will help a lot. Don't know more than that.

Regardless of how is life turned out, for a moment in time he was a hero who fought the good fight. He should be honored for that...IMHO.

Fragrant Liar said...

I think if you've served honorably, then you deserve the honor of being interred in the place reserved for such people. However, I do think killing your wife throws any and all honors you earned right out the window. Killing your wife shines dishonor on your fellow man/woman.

Caroline said...

Hi, Airman Mom I am sorry you are having trouble with some commenters. If you do take your blog private I would appreciate it if I could be included.

If you have the time today pop over to my blog I have a song on my post today written by an Australian Country music star about serving troops.
She wrote it in response to a letter from a fan that rubbished her for supporting soldiers. I think she penned it well.

It is as applicable to your soldiers as it is to ours.
I wonder if you have heard it??

MightyMom said...

if you're convicted of a felony you lose (ahem, forfeit, your retirement and benefits. therefore it stands to reason, if you're convicted of a felony (ie murder) you should also lose all other military benefits and being buried in a national cemetery is one of those benefits.


christian soldier said...

have asian comments too-I just delete them--
let me know if you go private-