Jan 30, 2010

Sgt. Maurer WMD Pit Discovered Next to Glenbrook Road House

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has unearthed three broken glass jugs in Spring Valley that might have come from the long-sought Sgt. Maurer burial pit, according to a D.C. Deparment of the Environment official. The pit is believed to hold more than 20 containers of mustard agent or other chemical weapons materiel. The jugs were found Monday near the house a 4825 Glenbrook Road, indicating that the pit might be beneath or near the home's foundation.
Ian Thomas
Northwest Current (January 27, 2010: pg. 1)

“We have always said that attempting to name a pit the 'Sgt. Maurer pit' is a difficult task,” [Army Corps spokesman Clem Gaines] added. “It could be Pit 1, 2 or 3, or it could be a pit that over the years has been demolished by all the development in the Glenbrook Road area” ... [District Department of the Environment specialist Dr. Richard] Albright conveyed his sympathies to AU, which volunteered its campus to be used as an experimental station for the Army’s Chemical Corps during World War I. “They tried to do the patriotic thing in 1917, and now I’m sure they’re still ruing that decision."
Christopher Cottrell
The Eagle (January 31, 2010: pg. 1)

1 comment:

Allen Hengst said...

Spring Valley Project Manager Dan Noble (February 2, 2010):

"What we don't know, and no one will ever be able to know, is whether these containers are absolutely the ones seen in the photo ... To re-emphasize a point made before; we are never going to know if we have or have not located the 'Maurer' pit. There is simply not enough information to know ... At this time, the only way I would feel comfortable calling any pit the 'Maurer pit' is if we find Sgt. Maurer's dog tags in the pit."


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