Fitting finish for veteran, thanks to readers

By Bobby Harris | Published Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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My previous letter concerning the forgotten Marine got the attention of our community, and I cannot express how happy I am that many of you stepped up and offered to help.

Phone calls began to pour in from all over. Some of the callers wanted to donate money, even to pay the entire balance, while others demanded justice from the funeral home.

Just to clarify one comment from my previous letter, I serve a 150-mile radius around Decatur, to include portions of five counties. The funeral home I referred to was within this radius but not necessarily one close by.

Within 24 hours of word getting out the local VFW Post 10374 raised the balance necessary to “break him out!” It took a few conversations with the funeral home and a few phone calls, but our forgotten Marine is no longer forgotten.

I cannot describe the feeling when I walked outside into the sunshine with him. I felt like I had just rescued a prisoner of war! I wondered if he felt as free as I hoped he did. He is on his way home to his final resting place.

His interment amongst thousands of other heroes is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. May 10 at the DFW National Cemetery. We will all meet in Lane ‘C’ and escort him to his final home. He will be buried with full military honors.

Although no family members will be present, I hope to see some of his Wise County family and fellow veterans there to give him the proper burial that is 23 months overdue.

Bobby Harris

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