So, uh, here’s a morbid question inspired by nothing but…morbid curiosity.
I know there have been military members in just about every modern conflict who are “presumed dead” or, say, POW/MIA since Korea or Vietnam, and eventually declared deceased for legal purposes. I know that practice is somewhat controversial, but that’s not exactly what my question is about. It also applies to situations where someone is known to be dead, but there aren’t any sort of remains that can be interred.
I assume that in those situations, the (assumed) deceased is still eligible for a military funeral - bugles, the flag over the coffin, military pallbearers, etc. My question is…what do they do if there’s no body? If the next of kin would have a full funeral with burial for the deceased, but there’s nothing to bury? I’m sure it’s an issue that comes up, but I can’t imagine how it’s handled.