Homeless man found dead in Auckland was 'humble' US Army veteran
Stuff.com New Zealand
Nov 24 2018
"Miller was a humble man, a US veteran with an honorable discharge from the US Marine Corps," she said.
Miller Patane, 58, was a US army veteran who once appeared on the front page of the NZ Herald receiving a slice of wedding cake from generous newlyweds.Workers at an Auckland local board arrived at their office last Wednesday morning to find a rough sleeper bundled up in a blanket on the front steps of their office.
The bundle didn't move, and it was soon apparent the man inside was dead.
Morning commuters streamed past the dismal scene on Dominion Rd as police arrived and the body was taken away in an ambulance. Staff and elected members of the Albert-Eden local board were offered counselling.
The man was 58 year old Miller Patane, a US Army veteran who grew up in Ōtara and had been homeless for decades.
His large Mormon family, many of whom live in the US, came to New Zealand this week to farewell him. His younger sister, Moana Patane Gasu, received word of his death from the NZ police at her home in Utah.
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Yes you saw that right. The article was not corrected even though his sister said he was in the Marine Corps.