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Wisconsin National Guard investigating controversial funeral photo

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin National Guard is looking into the posting of a controversial photo that depicts soldiers smiling and posing humorously with a flag-draped casket.  

Major Paul Rickert confirms that at least one of the soldiers was recently trained to be in Wisconsin's Funeral Honor Guard unit.

The caption reads, "We put the FUN in funeral -- your fearless honor guard from various states."

Folks expressed outrage on Facebook, saying it was insensitive and offensive to pose so happily with a casket. Some said those involved should be charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

According to the Wisconsin National Guard, the photos appeared on a social media site that belonged to Spc. Terry Harrison - a member of the Madison-based 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment. The group photo with the training casket was taken at the Professional Education Center, a National Guard training facility in North Little Rock, Ark.

Rickert now says an official investigation is underway, per the order of Maj. General Don Dunbar. Harrison has been indefinitely suspended from the funeral honors detail pending an investigation into the matter.

It was originally placed on Instagram.

Rickert said there's no way the Guard condones the conduct, saying the unit's members are to perform their duties with "honor and respect."

(Partial reporting by Wheeler News Service)

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