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Ft. Benning launches gravesite accountability mission

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FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -

An accountability mission has made its way to Fort Benning's cemetery as crews are working to match headstones with records.

There are more than 10,000 buried at Fort Benning and over 90 years worth of history.

About 16 soldiers from the 3rd Brigade are taking pictures of every headstone in order to match them with the records.

The overall goal is for people to be able to look on their computer or smartphone and easily find their loved one's headstone and information.

There will even be an aerial map with walking directions. We spoke with the chief of operations in the maintenance division about this project.

"Not only would you be able to see your loved one or your friend if you came here, but you'd also be able to see their headstone on your computer which could give you peace of mind and a sense of pride to say, hey, my loved one is being taken care of," said Kirk Ticknor.

All of this came after national media reported on burial record discrepancies at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

The Army took this accountability very serious, and this mission has carried over to many other military cemeteries.

They hope this project will be complete within the next year or two.

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