KILLEEN (April 28, 2014) The unclaimed cremated remains of 12 veterans of World War II and the wars in Korea and Vietnam have been interred at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
A national group called the Missing in America Project is working to locate the unclaimed cremains of veterans at funeral homes across the country.
After verifying the cremains are those of a veteran, the group arranges to inter them at a veterans cemetery.
Monday's ceremony was the first one of its kind in Texas.
"For us it's finding them and if they are veterans someone should take care of them someone should give them the honor and respect that they deserve," said chaplain and veteran Warren Wurzburger.
On Sunday a ceremony was held with full military honors for the veterans at Camp in Austin.
"It was our goal to pay respect to each of the members in the ceremony yesterday it was a full military honors and there was a 21 gun salute, the playing of Taps and the folding and refolding of the U.S. flag for each of the members," Wurzburger said.
To date the group has located and interred 1,800 veterans but estimates there are still thousands that still need to be found.
"That's our goal to find everyone," Wurzburger said.
On Monday seven of the twelve veterans served in World War II.
Capt. James Holver Hook (U.S. Navy), Staff Sgt. John Clevlen (U.S. Army), Capt. David B. Douglas (U.S. Army), James Childress (U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force), Hospital Corpsman William Mayes (U.S. Navy), Cpl. Donald Klein (U.S. Army), Technician Fifth Grade Edgar Potratz (U.S. Army) all served in WWII.
Klein was a combat soldier awarded the Bronze Star.
The other veterans that served in either Vietnam or Korea are Pfc. Donald Danylock (U.S. Army), Pvt. Ernest Bellot (U.S. Army), 1st Lt. Robert Rach (U.S. Army), Spc. Fourth Class Jerry Wiedemeier (U.S. Army), and Spc. Fourth Class Jeffrey Huebner (U.S. Army.)