Arlington National Cemetery chief is out

John Metzler Jr.'s departure comes after Salon revealed numerous burial mistakes and contracting irregularities

Published May 5, 2010 11:06AM (EDT)

Salon's Mark Benjamin reported late last night that John Metzler Jr., the superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery for the past two decades, is stepping down -- possibly under pressure from Army Secretary John McHugh.

Mark has done some exhaustive reporting on the national cemetery over the past year, breaking numerous stories about misplaced graves, unidentified bodies and contracting irregularities and prompting the Army to launch an investigation. You can read all of Mark's Arlington work here.


By Steve Kornacki

Steve Kornacki is an MSNBC host and political correspondent. Previously, he hosted “Up with Steve Kornacki” on Saturday and Sunday 8-10 a.m. ET and was a co-host on MSNBC’s ensemble show “The Cycle.” He has written for the New York Observer, covered Congress for Roll Call, and was the politics editor for Salon. His book, which focuses on the political history of the 1990s, is due out in 2017.

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