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Navy Mortuary Services

The Navy Mortuary Branch within the Navy Casualty Assistance Division ensures prompt and uniform death benefits are provided to all Navy beneficiaries worldwide.  Included as beneficiaries are those missing/killed in previous conflicts such as Southeast Asia, Korea, WWII and Vietnam who have been recovered and identified.   In addition, the Navy Mortuary staff coordinates the Navy's Burial-At-Sea program.

Navy Morticians (both military and civilian) are assigned to Navy Casualty with duty locations at BUPERS in Millington, TN, Dover Port Mortuary at Dover AFB, DE and USMC Casualty Branch at Quantico, VA.

Active Duty/Activated Reserve Deaths
Morticians coordinate funeral preparations via the Navy Contracting Officers and Funeral Directors worldwide. Together, they negotiate funeral arrangements and contract charges in order to expedite the shipment of remains. Funeral contracts provide primary care benefits for deceased active duty Navy and Marine Corps personnel. Active duty personnel are also entitled to secondary funeral expense reimbursements and transportation reimbursement when remains are moved from place of death to place of burial.  

When the death of a dependent residing with an active duty member stationed OCONUS occurs, entitlements for preparation  and transportation of  remains are provided.  For dependents of active duty servicemembers serving CONUS, only transportation of remains is provided. 

Deceased retirees and their dependants are entitled to transportation only when they pass away in a military Medical Treatment Facility (MTF), such as National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, MD or Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA.  

Civilian Employees
Civilian employees, who pass away while on official orders away from their normal duty station, are provided transportation of remains only.   

Navy Morticians

  The following forms are used for requesting training and other license requirements:

NAVPERSCOM 4491/3 Command Material and/or Service agreement

SF 182 Authorization, Agreement, and Certification of Training

SF 270 Request for advance or reimbursement


Contact Information



Monday thru Friday 0730 - 1600 CST
DSN - 882-6682
Commercial  - (901) 874-2307 or 2443 
Toll free - 1-866-787-0081


After hours, weekends and holidays: 
Toll Free - 1-800-368-3202


ALL OTHER MORTUARY RELATED ISSUES: (including Burial-at-Sea, pending claims, etc.) 

Monday thru Friday 0730 - 1600 CST
DSN - 882-6682
Commercial - (901) 874-2307 or 2443 
Toll free - 1-866-787-0081


NAVY PERSONNEL COMMAND: 5720 Integrity Drive, Millington TN 38055-0000
 Address Correspondence to: Attn: PERS-### or BUPERS-###
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