Photographing headstones
3rd U.S. Infantry Soldiers of Delta Company photograph headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia with smartphones to check burial locations against burial records.

ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service, Aug. 30, 2011) -- Since early June, 3rd U.S. Infantry Soldiers from Delta Company have been photographing headstones at Arlington National Cemetery with smartphones in order to reconcile burial records.

The photographs include the section and grave numbers along with GPS latitude and longitude coordinates which are then emailed to a task force of specialists who begin the process of matching the information with digitized records that are then compared for accuracy.

With their role coming to an end, the Old Guard Soldiers have photographed 219,619 headstones and 43,096 columbarium wall niches where urns filled with cremated remains are placed.

For the complete story, see www.army.mil/article/64622/Soldiers document Arlington National Cemetery headstones with smartphones.

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