Wis. National Guard Member Receives Death Threats Over Funeral Photos

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A member of the Wisconsin National Guard is receiving death threats after she posted inappropriate photos of soldiers’ funerals online.

The unnamed soldier, a member of the Funeral Honor Guard, posted a picture of herself on Instragram with a folded flag in the background and the caption, “It’s so damn cold out….WHY have a funeral outside !? Somebody’s getting a jacked up flag …”

Another post shows a picture of her and several other soldiers posed in silly positions in front of a casket draped in an American flag. “We put the FUN in funeral – your fearless honor guard from various states,” the caption says.

The picture was taken during graduation from their Funeral Honor Guard training. The casket was reportedly empty.

The soldier told WISN that she’s now receiving death threats after the photos went viral. She has since deleted her Instagram account.

The National Guard says it has launched an investigation into the incident.

"It has come to the attention of the Wisconsin National Guard that a soldier may have posted inappropriate pictures and comments regarding their duties as a member of a Funeral Honor Guard. We are currently looking into the matter,” the group said in a statement Monday.

The Guard says it will not comment on disciplinary action until after the investigation is complete.

"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,” it said in a statement to WISN.

Sources: WISN, Journal Sentinel