It's a written part of JPAC's normal procedure.
Yup. Eschaton points out that JPAC does in fact do this for anyone who's been missing as a result of the Southeast Asia (Vietnam) conflict. In JPAC's words:
Repatriation ceremonies are conducted to honor the sacrifice made by those individuals whose remains have been recovered. As a sign of respect, the remains are placed into an aluminum transfer case and draped with a U.S. flag. Veterans, community members and local active-duty military often attend the ceremonies to pay their respects as the remains are transported from a U.S. military plane to JPAC's CIL.So either Drudge's military sources are completely ill-informed, or in a desperate attention-getting act, Drudge fabricated this whole "scandal."
Either way - it seems death with dignity doesn't apply to liberals or their families. Even American liberals.