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US Army orders Arlington inquiry

Sign in front of tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery
President John F Kennedy is among those buried at the cemetery

The US Army has begun an investigation into the way records have been kept and burials organised at one of the nation's most important burial sites.

Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia is a famous resting place thousands of war heroes.

Investigators will look at allegations that people have been buried in the wrong graves or in ones already in use.

A separate report published by the Army has indicated that the cemetery is underequipped and understaffed.

Announcing the new inquiry, US Secretary of the Army John McHugh said: "As the final resting place of our nation's heroes, any questions about the integrity or accountability of its operations should be examined in a manner befitting their service and sacrifice."

This investigation comes after the army revealed that a married couple who should have been buried together in one grave were not.

Instead they were placed in adjacent graves, with one of the tombstones left unmarked.

Grave-markers have now been ordered for the site.

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