Unclaimed Vietnam veterans laid to rest with honors

5:16 PM, May 24, 2013   |    comments
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Three Vietnam-era veterans were laid to rest Friday with full military honors, years after their deaths.

Sergeant Roger Thompson and Private First Class Fred Hall died in January 2010.  Private Gary Sharp died in April 2011, but their cremated remains went unclaimed at the East Tennessee Regional Forensic Center.

The Missing in America project contacted the medical examiner's office and claimed the remains for burial.

Organizers worked with Berry Funeral Home, which recently partnered with the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program to plan the long overdue service.

"When we all signed a contract way back when, we were told we would be given a funeral with all honors due to us. To be sitting in a closet or a storage facility, that's not appropriate for any veteran," said Rod Myers, Missing in America.

With no family members to receive the flag, the military presented it to the Knox County Medical Examiner, who attended the burial.

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