A dozen Texas veterans whose remains are unclaimed finally will be laid to rest with full military honors during a burial this month at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
“These remains are unclaimed for one reason or another. (They are) veterans who have fallen on hard times.
Unfortunately, we do have a problem with that in our nation,” said Eric Brown, director of State Veterans Cemeteries. “We recognize their sacrifice and service. We want to make sure we continue to honor our veterans no matter where they find themselves throughout their lives.” Brown said some of the veterans who will be buried are older and don’t have any surviving relatives.
The Patriot Guard Riders will escort the remains to the cemetery for the burial, which starts at 9 a.m. April 28 at the veterans cemetery in Killeen.
“The cemetery was dedicated in 2006 and has since become a location where the Central Texas veterans community comes together,” said Andy Hogue, a Texas General Land Office spokesman.
The burial is sponsored by the Missing in America Project, a nonprofit that finds, identifies and inters the unclaimed remains of American veterans with the help of private, state and federal organizations.
The following veterans will be interred April 28:
- Capt. James Holver Hook, who served during World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars.
- Pfc. Donald George Danylock, who served during the Vietnam War.
- Staff Sgt. John Sidney Clevlen, who served during World War II.
- Pvt. Ernest Joseph Bellot, who served during the Vietnam War.
- Capt. David B. Douglas, who served during World War II.
- Sgt. James Ferguson Childress, who served during World War II and the Korean War.
- 1st Lt. Robert Allen Rach, who served during the Korean War.
- Navy Hospital Corpsman William G. Mayes, who served during World War II, and the Korea and Vietnam wars.
- Cpl. Donald W. Klein, who served during World War II.
- Technician Fifth Grade Edgar R. Potratz, who served during World War II.
- Spc. 4 Jerry Wiedemeier, who served during the Vietnam War.
- Spc. 4 Jeffrey Albert Huebner, no service record available.