I certainly don't mean in any way to demean the memory of this true American hero, I'm just curious.
My own father's burial was delayed almost a year because he'd willed his body to Yale's medical school. That delay came with its own Fountain black humor story: years after he'd made the arrangement, he received a letter from the school informing him that, due to a surplus of promised corpses, they would no longer need his. He wrote back, stating that, as a member of the class of '27, he was entitled to deposit his body with them and demanded that they reinstate him to the list (the "Commander" had a very dry wit, and the letter reflected that). He received a nice apology back, and was readmitted.