The family members of fallen veterans were presented flags in a ceremony to honor a dozen of the dead at the DFW National Cemetery on Wednesday. (Photo: Eline de Bruijn)
A ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery to bury 20 U.S. military veterans.
All of the veterans were buried with full military honors and all were homeless when they died. Additionally, more than a dozen had no known next of kin to notify of their deaths.
“It’s probably more common than we realize. And that’s the sad truth,” said Deborah Kamisato, administrative officer at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Kamisato said it’s bothersome to have a veteran who is unclaimed before they are buried. She called it “very, very sad,” and noted that, on average, they bury about 40 unclaimed veterans in the cemetery each year.
The unclaimed veterans who were buried yesterday are as follows.
Army Specialist Joseph David Dobson, 84
Army Private Ned Carlston King, 56
Army Specialist Dennis Wayne Moore, 63
Marine Private Edward Charles Gipson, 60
Marine Private Grant Wells, Jr., 63
Navy Veteran Glenn Allen Gatton, 65
Navy Ensign Patrick Michael Kelly, 62
Navy Veteran Daniel Ray McKinley, 46
Navy Veteran Michael Snyder, 58
Navy Veteran Elbert Louis Wilson, 79
Air Force Staff Sergeant William Brugemann Beeson, 86
Air Force Master Sergeant Bobby Ray Gleason, 71
Air Force Veteran Jerry G. Marshall, 81
Kamisato said the public is always invited – encouraged – to attend the burials to honor those who served our country.
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