STAMFORD, Conn. -- Eight deceased veterans — six from Stamford and two from Greenwich — will be honored in a ceremony and their remains interred in the State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown on Thursday.
Their remains were located and identified by the Missing in America Project. The purpose of the MIA Project is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans. The goal is to provide honor and respect to those who have served this country by securing a final resting place for these forgotten heroes.
Before the interment ceremony, a public service will be held at the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home in Stamford beginning at 10 a.m.for the soldiers and sailors with remarks from local officials.
After the service, a police escort will lead the processional for the eight hearses and include state and area veteran service organizations for the transfer of cremated remains to the cemetery.
The procession will depart between 11:15 and 11:30 a.m. from funeral home to cemetery via the Merritt Parkway. The interment will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the State Veterans Cemetery at 317 Bow Lane, Middletown
The ceremony will honor:
- Kenneth Joseph, who was born on July 15, 1925, in New York City. He enrolled in the U.S. Navy on Oct. 13, 1943, and served during World War II. He died at the age of 52 in Stamford.
- Earl Dietrich, who was born on July 18, 1900, in Milwaukee. He enrolled in the U.S. Army on Oct. 1, 1918, and served during World War I. He died at the age of 80 in Greenwich.
- John Nelson, who was born on June 6, 1894, in Chicago. He enrolled in the U.S. Naval Reserve Force on Dec. 5, 1917, and served during World War I. He died at the age of 81 in Stamford.
- Henry DuFresne, who was born on Feb. 19, 1891, in Lenox, Mass. He enrolled in the U.S. Army on Sept. 29, 1917, and served during World War I as a Regimental Sergeant Major in the Central Record Office in France. He died at the age of 87 in Greenwich.
- Victor Glazer, who was born on June 23, 1932, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He enrolled in the U.S. Army on Aug. 4, 1954, and served as a Clerk in the Army and earned a Good Conduct Medal. He died at the age of 55 in Stamford.
- Samuel Gruber, who was born on Nov. 11, 1906, in Stamford. He enrolled in the U.S. Army on Aug. 3, 1943, and served during World War II. He died at the age of 75 in Stamford.
- Douglas MacKinnon, who was born Jan. 24, 1903, in Cambridge, Mass. He enrolled in the U.S. Army on July 27, 1942. From 1942 to 1945, he served in the South Pacific. He founded the Armed Forces Master Records, which he helped to collect and distribute to armed forces all over the world. He died at the age of 81 in Stamford.
- Ernst Tuchmann, who was born on April 12, 1907, in Nuremberg, Germany. He enrolled in the U.S. Army on March 27, 1942, and served during World War II. He died at the age of 84 in Stamford.
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