It's sad to come across one of our veterans laid in an unmarked grave, but there is something you can do about it. Whether you are a blood relative or simply someone who cares, a marker can be gained through the US Veterans. The process is just slightly different in each circumstance, but applying is easy. Just be patient as it takes quite a while for the government to process it. They have their hands full with the markers of recent veterans.
First, you should have any birth & death information possible, gain proof of burial location from the cemetery & military service from the government, then download this form.
If you are a blood relative, you may apply yourself. You do not need to be a "descendant".
If you are not a blood relative you may need to do a bit more research and find a Veterans Association in the town or local community where that person lived. Most local VA's will be more than happy to apply for you, especially if they were ever a member. Bring them the proofs & the form noted above. Beg if you have to. It's the least we can do for these men who fought for our freedom & in some cases gave their lives.
This photo is my Great Uncle Earl's grave and I applied for the stone. I do not know for sure if he had any children. I have been unable to find any. It took me a decade to find him here. I couldn't let it say unmarked. It was the least I could do and I really wish I had known him. Just in case there is a child out there, I would like to mention his wife's name was Mabel Hill of VA & he was half African American. Both are deceased. He grew up in Plaistow & they lived in Haverhill, MA for many years after their marriage around 1947. I would absolutely LOVE to find any cousins. Write to me or call, please.
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy
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