Hundreds attend the funeral of ‘leaving’ the Vietnam veteran, Purple Heart recipient


Funeral held for abandoned veteran

Glenn Shelton served as a Marine during the Vietnam.

A military hero with no known family was honored Saturday by some of the hundreds of strangers in a church in Indianapolis in a show of support.

Glenn Shelton, 68, died Nov. 26, and earned a Purple Heart while serving with the Marines during the Vietnam War, according to his obituary.

Shelton had no known family and is formerly of Louisville, Ky., according to Indiana Funeral Care. It is unknown how he got to Indiana.

Indiana Funeral care organized Saturday’s funeral by spreading the word on social media, which was so popular that the ceremony had to be moved to a larger location.

“We know nothing about him, so it is just reward that they still find time to come out and pay their respects,” Sara Thompson, Indiana Funeral Care General Manager, told FOX59.

“Glenn may have been abandoned in life, but he will not be left in death,” she added.

Those who were present at the ceremony event also got a dog tag with Shelton’s name engraved.

Hundreds came together to pay respects to an Indiana church, a veteran who died without a family.


“It’s just totally amazing,” Russell Pryor, commander for the VFW District 11, told FOX59. “It shows me that no matter when you served, who you served with or where you served, we are here to support you.”

Shelton was later buried in Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison, located about 48 km north-east of Louisville, according to Indiana Funeral Care.

In addition to the hundreds who attended the ceremony Saturday to pay their respects, Shelton online obituary also contained comments from people thanking him for his service and pay their respects.

“Thank you for your service, Mr. Shelton,” Kathy Garza-Behr wrote. “You will not only have more, everyone in heaven is the family. Rest easy.”

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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