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15 unclaimed veterans receive military burial service at Fernley cemetery

The remains of 15 veterans receive military funerals at the Northern Nevada Veterans Cemetery in Fernley on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (KRNV/KRXI)

Fifteen veterans were given a proper military burial service Friday at the Northern Nevada Veterans Cemetery in Fernley.

Their remains have gone unclaimed and were in the care of a local mortuary before the service Friday, Feb. 9, according to the Nevada Department of Veterans Services.

Several people turned out to pay their respects, and the master of ceremonies said the service was a long time coming, as some of the veterans being honored have remained unclaimed for decades.

This was the seventh mission led by the Nevada Veterans Coalition.

Those interned on Friday have been identified as

  • Donald Brewster (1925 - 2005) served in the US Navy 1943 - 1946, WWII
  • Charles Depeu (1921 - 1990) served in the US Army 1942 - 1945, WWII
  • Marvin Engel (1942 - 2008) served in the US Army 1964 - 1967, Vietnam
  • Ernest Fairchild (1897 - 1977) served in the US Army 1917 - 1919, WWI
  • Jay Finchum (1941 - 2008) served in the USAF 1959 - 1965, Vietnam
  • Oscar Fry (1890 - 1976) served in the US Army 1919 - 1920, WWI
  • Howard Fuller (1927 - 1996) served in the US Navy/US Army 1945 - 1950, WWII
  • Ralph Gawthrop (1927 - 1992) served in the USMC/USAF 1946 - 1974, WWII/Korea/Vietnam
  • James Glennie (1925 - 1996) served in the USAF 1964 - 1974, Vietnam
  • James Grove (1924 - 1994) served in the US Army 1942 - 1945, WWII
  • Clyde Gunter (1897 - 1977) served in the US Army 1918 - 1919, WWI
  • William Javorsky (1922 - 1977) served in the US Navy 1942 - 1946, WWII
  • Richard Jaworski (1925 - 1992) served in the US Army 1945 - 1947, WWII
  • John Kearney (1920 - 1987) served in the US Navy/USAF/USAF 1943 - 1973, WWII/Korea/Vietnam
  • Jack Keopp (1923 - 1974) served in the US Air Corps 1943 - 1947, WWII
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