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Feb 19, 2014 2:27 PM by Associated Press

Soldier suspended for defending empty casket photo

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A second Wisconsin National Guard member has been suspended in an investigation stemming from a photograph showing soldiers clowning around by an empty flag-draped casket.

Guard spokesman Maj. Paul Rickert said Wednesday that Sgt. Luis Jimenez was suspended because of comments he posted on social media defending the photo.

Jimenez' comments have since been taken down, but in a screen shot confirmed by Rickert he defended the woman who originally posted the photo.

Jimenez writes that Spc. Terry Harrison wasn't disrespecting anyone, and that it's "good to let loose a little" after long practice sessions.

Jimenez was Harrison's task leader, or supervisor. Harrison also has been suspended.

No public telephone number for Jimenez could be found. Rickert said he would pass on a message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

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