Bertram E. Williams
United States Navy
Post Office loses Burial Urn With Ashes
The United States Postal Service has lost the cremated remains of a man sent through the mail for burial at Arlington National Cemetery, postal officials say.
Bertram E. Williams, a retired naval. officer,
died January 10, 2006, at St. Petersburg, Florida. Following the 'terms
of his will, Williams' family had His body cremated and asked'that the
ashes be shipped to Arlington National Cemetery near
Costanzo said the cemetery frequently receives urns through the mail containing cremated remains. "In almost 30 years this is the first one ever lost." he said.
Watts said. "We went to the post office and they started a search for it. We kept waiting and waiting but they never found it."
St. Petersburg Postmaster Harry W. Scott said,
"We spent many, many hours trying to locate it and made many telephone
calls." But to no avail.
Disclosure of the lost urn comes amid rising concern over damage to parcels sent through the mail. A Congressman who has studied the Postal Service's new billion-dollar system for handling parcels said yesterday that it constitutes "a management blunder of the first magnitude."
Chairman Charles H. Wilson, D-California, of the House postal facilities subcommittee told postal officials that the system "will cost the American public millions of dollars while lowering the quality of mail service."
Postal officials disagreed, saying the agency will solve its problem of parcel damage caused by the new sorting machines.
"The magnitude of the damage problem is not
large percentage-wise, and certainly it is a temporary problem which can
be corrected, but we recognize that the results to date arc unacceptable,"
said Senior Assistant Postmaster General E.V. Dorsey.
Posted: September 2006