但是，《星條旗報》從美軍中心鑒定實驗室（Central Identification Laboratory）獲得的內部備忘錄顯示，東南亞無名氏的一些腿骨最終還是與史密斯的遺骸一起下葬。記錄此事的該實驗室人類學家吉南拒絕對此發表評論。
Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400，000 servicemen and women， as well as two U.S. presidents. Newly uncovered documents， however， reveal that the remains of an indigenous Southeast Asian are also interred on its sprawling grounds.
Stars and Stripes， citing internal POW/MIA documents， reported that when the remains of Chief Warrant Officer 3 William Smith Jr. were turned over to investigators in Vietnam in 1999， they were mingled with remains of someone other than the Army Reserve pilot. Documents indicated that the unrelated remains had been identified and segregated from Smith’s and that only the pilot’s remains were sent to Arlington for burial. But an internal memo from the Central Identification Laboratory obtained by Stars and Stripes showed that wasn’t the case.
The fragment of a leg bone that should have been separated from Smith’s remains had been “inadvertently included，” laboratory anthropologist Gwen Guinan wrote in the memo， which was dated Sept. 20， 2000， 12 days after Smith’s burial.
the anthropologist wrote Stars and Stripes in an email. “Unfortunately， I am unable to comment.”
Arlington Cemetery officials， meanwhile， said they received a sealed casket and followed proper protocol.
Smith’s son， William Smith III， said his relatives were never informed of the mistake. “It doesn’t make me feel real good
after the 23-year-old warrant officer piloted a UH-1D Huey helicopter on a mission over South Vietnam when it was struck by enemy ground fire as it approached the My Tho River. （原標題：大烏龍！美阿靈頓公墓誤葬東南亞無名氏遺骸 - 中文國際 - 中國日報網）