2 soldiers off funeral duty after photo flap

A screenshot of the controversial Instagram photo.
A screenshot of the controversial Instagram photo.

MADISON (AP) – Two Wisconsin National Guard members are off funeral duty after an online uproar over a photo showing soldiers clowning around by an empty flag-draped casket.

Guard spokesman Maj. Paul Rickert confirmed that Spc. Terry Harrison and Sgt. Luis Jimenez are not currently on the funeral honors team.

Rickert says both Harrison and Jimenez remain Guard members. He tells WISC-TV the internal investigation into the February photo incident is complete, but policy prevents him from disclosing any disciplinary actions.

Both Jimenez and Harrison had been suspended from honor guard duties – Harrison for apparently posting the photo to social media and Jimenez for comments he posted on social media defending the photo.

The photo was taken at a Guard training facility.

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