Friday, December 18, 2015

Fort Wayne Funeral For Vietnam Veteran Attended by Hundreds

Hundreds turn out in droves to honor disabled Vietnam veteran at funeral
21Alive
By Corinne Rose
December 17, 2015
Hundreds of people from all walks of life paid their respects to the former Army Staff Sergeant who reportedly was an orphan from Marion, Indiana, who never married and never had any children.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Members of the community paid tribute Thursday afternoon to a disabled Vietnam veteran who died in Fort Wayne without having any known family.

When administrators at D. O. McComb and Sons heard about James Beavers, they offered to host services and donate a burial plot for him in the veterans section of Riverview Cemetery.
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UPDATE
Better reporting on this.

Veteran’s funeral: ‘Doesn’t matter what war or who it is. It’s family.’
WANE News
Sara Wagner
Published: December 17, 2015

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – He served the country during one of the most controversial wars. Now, Vietnam veteran James Beavers will forever be remembered for the hero he was. Thousands of people came to pay their respects to the 74-year-old Thursday afternoon.

Beavers died a few days before Thanksgiving. However, after three weeks of searching for any family, no one could be located. That’s when local funeral home D.O. McComb and Sons stepped forward to provide funeral services and a burial with full military honors.

Standing shoulder to shoulder, the Indiana Patriot Guard kept watch for nearly three hours outside the Lakeside Park Chapel.

“We came out today to pay Mr. Beavers the respect that he’s due for his service in Vietnam. Doesn’t matter that he doesn’t have any family members that are known. What matters is that we’re here today to show him that respect. We’re honored to be here. People take time out of their days to do this. There are still a lot of patriotic people in this country and we’re glad to stand their shoulder to shoulder with them today,” Senior Chaplain for the Indiana Patriot Guard Pat Brase said.
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