ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Four World War II veterans who died in the 1970's and 80's finally received full military honors during a funeral at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Thursday. Their ashes had been misplaced or never claimed by relatives.
Efforts by a national group, the Missing In America Project, made Thursday's ceremony and burial possible. Relatives frequently have no idea their loved ones were never buried.
"I think we all assumed that my mother had taken care of whatever happened and I think we didn't question what happened," said WW II veteran’s daughter Terry Bilhorn Widmer.
"I think we kind of assumed he wanted his ashes spread somewhere and mom took care of it," said John Bilhorn, WWII veteran’s son.
The Missing In America Project estimates the remains of as many as 200,000 veterans and their spouses have not been buried.
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