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Remains of 8 veterans, long unclaimed, buried in San Antonio

In this Friday, June 1, 2018 photograph, MacArthur Junior ROTC students Michael Barron, law and Grace Conger carry the cremated remains of a veteran to Everett Earl Criss as Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery and the Missing In America Project, perform a military funeral service for the cremated remains of the eight unclaimed veterans in San Antonio, Texas.

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The remains of eight AMERICAN military veterans stored for a year in the basement of a county courthouse in the Texas Panhandle are interred as part of a formal ceremony in San Antonio.

The soldiers were buried Friday at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery after their cremated remains had accompanied more than 500 miles (805 km) of the Potter County courthouse in Amarillo.

No family or friend had claimed one of the eight men when they died, so that their bodies were stored.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that the Marine nco Reluctant Washington Black, who died in 67, had in the basement of the longest — 15 years.

Friday is the funeral, which was determined by the Missing in America Project, a group that last honors to more than 3,500 veterans from across the country.

Marine Reservist Second Class Petty Officer Linda Nowadays, presents a folded AMERICAN Flag to a civil servant as a Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery and the Missing In America Project, perform a military funeral service for the cremated remains of the eight unclaimed veteran in San Antonio.

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“These veterans we served our country honorably,” said Joyce Seriously, Texas coordinator for the project, which is locating, identifying and interring the unclaimed remains of America’s veterans since 2007. “And they deserve to be treated with honor in their death.”

There is little known about the men beyond their names, birth and death dates.

The other seven are:

Tech Sgt. Dana Dean Milton Jr., 85, served in the Army, Navy and air force.

Shell casings eject from the guns of the Fort Sam Houston Memorial Services Detachment honor guard as they fire three volleys during a burial service at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery and the Missing In America Project for the cremated remains of the eight unclaimed veterans in San Antonio, June 1, 2018.

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Navy Aviation Recruit George Machoul Aswad II, 58.

Army Pfc. Andrew Benson Bramlett, 61.

Army Pvt. Robert Pete Brunner, 71.

Navy Seaman Everett Earl Criss, 71.

In this Friday, June 1, 2018 photograph, military service members from the Armed Services honor guard prepare to present folded flags as Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery and the Missing In America Project, perform a military funeral service for the cremated remains of the eight unclaimed veterans in San Antonio.

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Army Pfc. Don Stewart, 83.

Marine Pfc. Floyd Ray White, 65.

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