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Old 03-25-2022, 11:47 AM
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6 Unclaimed Veterans Interred After Appreciation Ceremony
By: The Associated Press - 03-25-22

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A folded flag is presented during a ceremony. (Brent C. Powell/U.S. Army Reserve)

JENNINGS, La. — The bodies of six unclaimed veterans were buried Thursday following an appreciation ceremony held in Southwest Louisiana.

The ceremony honored three Army veterans, one Marine veteran and two Navy veterans who were laid to rest at the Southwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Jennings, news outlets reported.

“We owe the men and women who have served our country a debt of gratitude, and that includes a burial with dignity,” Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Joey Strickland said. “These veterans do not have any relatives; however, we as a community will stand in the gap to honor them at their final resting place.”

The six veterans who were laid to rest are:

#1: Pvt. Darryl A. Lowry, who served from 1977 to 1980 in the U.S. Army

#2: Specialist 4 James Cecil Osborne, who served from 1968 to 1971 in the U.S. Army

#3: Sgt. Edward Lee Hall, who served from 1971 to 1977 in the U.S. Army

#4: Cpl. Alton Eugene Caudle, who served from 1971 to 1975 in the U.S. Marine Corps.

#5: Seaman Recruit Steve Edward Bihlmire, who served in 1961 in the U.S. Navy

#6: Petty Officer Third Class Dean Ira Hurst, who served from 1973 to 1976 in the U.S. Navy

Strickland said the cemetery staff, in partnership with the St. Mary Parish Coroner’s Office and the department's veterans assistance counselors, worked to locate the veterans' families but none was found.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office and other St. Mary Parish agencies escorted the veterans from Morgan City to Jennings where they were interred.

“It is because of veterans that we enjoy the freedoms of today,” said Sheriff Blaise Smith. “Those serving now are assuring that those freedoms will not be taken away.”

The ceremony was rescheduled from Tuesday due to inclement weather.

Tags: Military Headlines - Veterans - US Army - US Marine Corps - US Navy
Personal note: Welcome Home Men - we thank you for your service to our Country.
I regret that your families were not found so that they could be there to put
you all to rest with your Mother's & Father's - Sister's & Brother's present.
I salute you for your service - Men - You are now home and buried with other
Brother's & Sister's like you in a Military Semetary with all Honor's Bestowed
upon you all. God Be With You All - Rest In Peace - Your Home at last.

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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