Effort underway to match grave markers to military veterans
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Richmond County Coroner’s Office has made progress in matching about 125 bronze and marble military grave markers that were discovered at an old funeral home.
Coroner Mark Bowen says the majority of the markers are for veterans who have been buried locally. The markers date back to the late 1960s.
The National Cemetery Administration, the Richmond County Vital Records Office and Richmond County Cemetery Services are also assisting in finding the graves of the veterans whose names are inscribed on the markers.
A deputy had discovered the bronze and marble markers in packages under old blankets and trash in the home’s garage, The Augusta Chronicle reported. The deputy was assisting a land official who was preparing to show the property to Atlanta investors when the grave markers were discovered.
“We were able to get them moved over here to my office so we can start compiling a list of the names and seeing if we can find out where these folks are buried and if they got a marker on their grave,” Bowen said previously .
The markers are for veterans from different wars. Each has the person’s name, rank, date of birth and date of death inscribed.
Early in the investigation, officials were able to find one grave site in the area that didn’t have a marker.
“I found out that person had died in 1999 and still does not have a marker on his grave. I’m able to take that marker and put it on that grave,” Bowen told the newspaper.
Bowen has said it was unclear why the markers were not placed at grave sites. The former owner of the funeral home died in 2014.
Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com