Mortuary chief: Glenn’s remains were given ‘impeccable care’

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2012, file photo, former astronaut and Sen. John Glenn poses for a photo during an interview at his office in Columbus, Ohio. Glenn died on Dec. 8, 2016 at age 95. He will be interred Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in a small private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

DOVER, Del. (AP) — As Air Force officials investigate allegations that inspectors were invited to view the remains of astronaut and former U.S. Sen. John Glenn at Dover Air Force Base, a military mortuary chief says Glenn’s remains were treated with “impeccable care.”

William Zwicharowski said Friday in a text message to The Associated Press that he’s proud of the job he and his staff did in caring for Glenn’s remains during the months between his death last December and his burial in April.

Air Force officials are investigating concerns raised during a recent inspection at the Dover mortuary regarding management of the facility and allegations that inspectors were invited to look at Glenn’s remains, which they declined to do.

The Glenn family released a statement Friday through Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown’s Office. Senator Glenn’s daughter, Carolyn Ann “Lyn” Glenn said on behalf of her and her brother David Glenn, “Dave and I spoke with the Secretary of the Air Force yesterday.  The Air Force is taking complete responsibility and is conducting an investigation.  We are asking that our privacy be respected.”

Despite repeated requests, the Defense Department on Friday refused to release a memo describing the alleged incident.

The mortuary passed the inspection with a score of 94 percent.

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