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Unclaimed veterans’ remains receive full military honors

By KATE MISHKINMay 28, 2019

He doesn’t have any family or next-of-kin, and was likely dead for about 20 years when someone bought a storage locker and found an urn with Hatch’s remains inside.

But there are a few bits of information that are known: Hatch died a decorated Vietnam War army veteran with a Purple Heart. He’s not from West Virginia; he was cremated in Dayton, Ohio.

But he was never honored.

That changed on Monday, when Hatch, Eddie Elkins and George Righter, all unclaimed veterans with no next-of-kin were honored and buried at the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery.

Each man received full military honors at an unclaimed veteran interment ceremony, held by the state Department of Veterans Assistance. Their urns will be placed in a columbarium next to each other.

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