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Unclaimed Veterans Receive Proper Burial

Final resting for 34 veterans and nine spouses of veterans 

 

On Saturday, June 22 dozens of veterans and supporters of the Missing In America Project (MIAP) turned out at Long Island National Cemetery (LINC) to help give a proper burial for 43 unclaimed veterans and unclaimed spouses of veterans, some who have been unclaimed for more than 95 years.

 

Civil War and historical re-enactment members of Company K, 67th New York Volunteer Infantry, 39th New York Volunteer Infantry Garibaldi Guard, Winslow’s Battery 1st New York’s Light Artillery, and Major Robert Burns and Squad of the 11th Regular U.S. Volunteers were present for a significant tribute to two of the unclaimed veterans. Army soldiers Henry Eggers and Emanuel Lederer, both having served in the Civil War, were finally put to rest. Eggers remains have been on the shelf of a local funeral home since 1921; Lederer’s remains, the longest unclaimed ashes in this specific burial effort, have been on the shelf 1917.

 

This interment at LINC in East Farmingdale, was coordinated by National Representative John Calderelli, of MIAP, and American Legion Post 1244. More than 26 service organizations, including the Greenlawn Fire Department, American Legion Riders and Color Guards, and Nassau County fire and police units participated in the coordination of the ceremonies and final placement in the columbarium at LINC. 

 

These cremains are not from deaths related to war. These are local residents who have died and were cremated. In many cases, for unknown reasons families do not come back to claim the funeral remains or make a decision with what to do with the ashes. 

 

The following are the names of the unclaimed veterans who received a proper burial on June 22, including, if known, their last known residence, branch of service, war era, birth and death dates. The remains of each veteran will be placed in niches on a recently built columbarium at LINC with proper identification, in case of a future retrieval request.

 

Lonnie Belcher, St. Albans, Army, WWII, b.12/23/1914, d. 1/24/1990

 

Arthur S. Boege, Garden City, Navy, b. 1897, d. 10/27/1963

 

Earnest Broadhurst, Hempstead, Navy, WWII, b. 1/21/1911, d. 7/3/1960

 

Mortimer Carpe, Fresh Meadows, Army, WWII, b.11/8/1913, d. 9/3/1990

 

Christopher Cunningham, Jr., White Plains, Army, WWII, b. 8/28/1925, d. 4/6/1978

 

Walter W. Debooy, Flushing, Army, WWII, b. 8/8/1915, d. 11/23/1986

 

Lawrence R. Doernberger, West Hempstead, Army, WWI, b. 4/12/1899, d. 9/9/1969

 

Henry Eggers, Brooklyn, Army, Civil War, b. 1842, d. 11/26/1921

 

Walter James Freund, Forest Hills, Army, WWII, b. 10/23/1908, d. 2/8/1989

 

Leo Fridkin, Jackson Heights, Army, WWII, b. 6/17/1897, d. 3/18/1970

 

Leo Graham, Lloyd Neck, Coast Guard, WWII, b. 8/19/1923, d. 1/9/1969

 

Charles Emory Gumaelius, Hempstead, Army, WWI, b. 11/5/1903, d. 8/24/1971

 

Doris B. Heller, St. Albans, Army, WWII, b. 7/6/1914, d. 7/23/1988

 

Edwin C. Hicks, East Elmhurst, Marine Corps, WWII, b. 1/9/1919, d. 2/21/1992

 

Elmer H. Hintz, Manhasset, Army, WWI, b. 1/8/1898, d. 12/27/1970

 

Thomas R. Jordan, Brooklyn, Army, WWII, b. 1/31/1907, d. 9/25/1999

 

Harry Kahn, Flushing, Army, Mexican Border Action, b. 4/22/1886, d. 9/23/1964

 

Emanuel Lederer, New York, Army, Civil War, b. 1842, d. 8/21/1917

 

Robert E. Link, Rego Park, Army, WWII, b. 3/20/1918, d. 10/4/1994

 

Ernest A. Loeffler, Flushing, Navy, WWII, b. 1/10/1908, d. 3/4/1966

 

Ogden Hall MacGillivray, Flushing, Navy, WWI, b. 5/11/1897, d. 5/19/1965

 

Joseph Macklin, Long Beach, Navy, WWI, b. 3/15/1896, d. 5/21/1985

 

John K. Martin, Jamaica, Army, WWI, 9/30/1895, d. 3/17/1985

 

Barry Mayer, Port Washington, Army, WWI, b. 3/31/1894, d. 5/1/1965

 

Edwin Ellis Nugent, Manhasset, Navy, WWI, b. 5/6/1896, d. 6/3/1965

 

Vincent O’Brien, Forest Hills, Army, WWII, b. 10/10/1915, d. 8/13/1985

 

Martin Orman, Forest Hills, Navy, WWII, b. 2/12/1907, d. 6/26/1986

 

Ralph W. Pittman, Bayside, Army, WWII, b. 2/8/1924, d. 8/20/1988

 

Rudolph A. Ray, Bronx, Army, WWII, b. 9/21/1922, d. 1/2/1988

 

Edward W. Rosenberg, Astoria, Army, WWII, b. 7/12/1921, d. 5/3/1986

 

Barney Schneider, Sunnyside, Army, WWII, b. 10/20/1906, d. 9/7/1989

 

John Thom, Post Washington, Army, WWII, b. 11/7/1919, d. 4/12/1982

 

Paul T. Wood, Flushing, Navy, WWII, b. 11/13/1912, d. 2/18/1995

 

Herman Wooden, Jamaica, Army, WWII, b. 5/9/1922, d. 10/29/1995

 

Spouses of veterans

 

Charlotte A. Abarno, Douglaston, b. 2/16/1913, d. 4/5/1991

 

Ruth S. Block, Kew Gardens, b. 1/4/1922, d. 3/3/1996

 

Edna S. Boege, Garden City, b. 1900, d. 10/23/1966

 

Agnes Brush, Flushing, b. 2/23/1904, d. 6/12/1982

 

Eleanore Carey, Garden City, b. 1900, d. 10/22/1961

 

Florence Etringer, Howard Beach, b. 6/17/1901, d. 1/25/1984

 

Margaret Gero, Commack, b. 6/16/1900, d. 7/11/1985

 

Elizabeth Knepper, Corona, b. 1/12/1912, d. 2/10/1985

 

Clara Stone, Flushing, b. 10/11/1898, d. 12/20/1984

 

On May 19, 2012, Long Island veteran organizations and funeral homes gave proper military burials to more than 50 unclaimed veterans’ cremated remains at LINC. 

 

According to the National Registry of Funeral Directors, New York State allows unclaimed cremated remains to be placed in a tomb, mausoleum, crypt, niche in a columbarium, or to be buried in a cemetery, or scattered at sea, but not before 120 days after cremation. Permanent records must be kept by the funeral homes of the disposition of the remains. The law went into effect on Nov. 11, 2010 – Veterans’ Day – providing the flexibility and liability protections necessary for funeral directors and veterans’ organizations alike to carry out a proper burial. 

News

After spotting an abandoned cemetery at the corner of Grant Avenue and Rose Street in the heart of downtown Farmingdale, resident Vicki Gruber became inspired to trace the lineage of the Van Cott family—some of the earliest settlers in the Farmingdale community. Gruber, a corporate and securities attorney, said that after approaching the village about the history of the cemetery, she took it upon herself to do the research. Compiling three or four years worth of newfound information, Gruber discovered that each of the 16 plots in the cemetery are direct descendants of Claes Cornelissen Van Cats, a Dutch settler and firm believer in democracy, home rule and civil liberty. 

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


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