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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

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, 1,100 military veterans and Gold Star families in Farmingdale will have to wait for their tax break until next year.

 

The Farmingdale School District is among several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Earlier this year, school board trustees uanimously voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year. 

In the aftermath of a fatal carbon monoxide leak at Legal Seafoods in Huntington, the Village of Farmingdale passed new legislation requiring all residential and commercial properties carry a carbon monoxide detector. 

 

“The whole idea behind this is public safety,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.

 

On April 7, Farmingdale Trustees unanimously voted to amend village code as a proactive measure to prevent future harm from carbon monoxide poisioning.   


Sports

The Farmingdale Devils  U10 Travel Baseball team defeated the West Islip Gold team 11-6 to win the Bayport Bash baseball tournament last weekend. The Devils swept both games on Saturday to advance to the championship game. In the championship The Devils struck for four runs in the first inning. Nick Napolitano and Nick Disanti  started it off with singles and were driven home by Gavin Weinstock’s 200 foot blast off the left field wall. Timmy Purack and Matt Brandimarte followed with run scoring singles and the Devils were on their way to their first title of 2014. Nicholas Napolitano pitched three solid inning for the win. The Devils will now compete in the Half Hollow Invitational Spring Tournament. 

 

— Submitted by The Farmingdale Devils

The Dalers Boys Varsity Lacrosse team (3-2) are putting their best foot forward, after losing two games this season.  

 

On March 25, the Dalers took their home turf to face the Lynbrook Owls. During the game, the Dalers Tom McPartland and Chris Brown each scored two goals, while goalies Matt Deluca and Scott dePalmer racked up a total of 11 saves. Despite the valiant effort, the Dalers lost to Lynbrook High School 11-7. 

 

The Dalers are currently 3-2 this season. Their next game will be held on April 17 at Long Beach. 


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