AKRON -- Veterans of World War II, Vietnam and Korea will finally get the honorable burial they deserved on Saturday.
The Missing In America Project discovered the unclaimed cremated remains of 13 United States Veterans, and a spouse of one of those Veterans, in the Dunn-Quigley funeral home in Akron.
Various awards were earned by these men, including the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Stars, the Victory Medal, the China Service Medal, the Korean Service Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Parachute Badge, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon.
The oldest of the cremains has remained unclaimed for 34 years.
The procession will start at Dunn-Quigley funeral home at 811 Grant Street in Akron. Bike staging will begin at 8 a.m. and departure is at 9 a.m.
It will proceed to the Western Reserve National Cemetery, where the funeral services will be held at 10 a.m.
If anyone recognizes the names of any of these veterans, please contact MIAP's Chastity Booth at (330) 808-3199.
The list of the Veterans to be interred follows:
- PFC Jon Clayton Barrett, Marine Corps
- AIC William Donald Bunn, Air Force
- PFC Kevin Patrick Chambers, Army
- PVT James A. Champion, Army AND spouse, Evelyn H. Champion
- S/SGT Robert Kennon Christensen, Air Force
- SP4 Paul Howard Criss, Army
- A3C Morris Danzinger, Air Force
- TEC 5 Michael M. Dugancevic, Army
- SGT James T. Gratt, Marine Corps
- PFC Robert R. Lambacher, Army
- PFC Marshall A. Packer, Army (found in an abandoned building in Cleveland)
- SP4 Earnest Glen Rowe, Army
- CAPT Claude E. Sandburg, Army
The funeral home has assisted the Ohio MIAP in working to identify the Veterans.
The Patriot Guard Riders, founded on the Principles of Honor and Respect for Those Who Serve and the Missing in America Project will have the Honor of escorting these remains to the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.
"The Patriot Guard Riders have been given the privilege of escorting these men and women that have passed on but not forgotten to their final resting place," says Bob Woods, Ohio State PGR Captain.
"We as a country need to remember our past in order to ensure our future. Generations of Americans seem to have lost touch with realizing that the freedoms we enjoy were not given without a price being paid."
The MIAP continues its efforts in finding and identifying United States Veterans among unclaimed cremated remains to have them properly buried in a National Cemetery.
The procession will start at Dunn-Quigley funeral home at 811 Grant Street in Akron. Bike staging will begin at 8 a.m. and departure is at 9 a.m. We will continue to the Western Reserve National Cemetery, where the funeral services will be held at 10 a.m.