Written by Christy Hinko Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00
On Saturday, June 22 dozens of veterans and supporters of the Missing In America Project (MIAP) turned out at Long Island National Cemetery (LINC) to help give a proper burial for 43 unclaimed veterans and unclaimed spouses of veterans, some who have been unclaimed for more than 95 years.
Civil War and historical re-enactment members of Company K, 67th New York Volunteer Infantry, 39th New York Volunteer Infantry Garibaldi Guard, Winslow’s Battery 1st New York’s Light Artillery, and Major Robert Burns and Squad of the 11th Regular U.S. Volunteers were present for a significant tribute to two of the unclaimed veterans. Army soldiers Henry Eggers and Emanuel Lederer, both having served in the Civil War, were finally put to rest. Eggers remains have been on the shelf of a local funeral home since 1921; Lederer’s remains, the longest unclaimed ashes in this specific burial effort, have been on the shelf 1917.
This interment at LINC in East Farmingdale, was coordinated by National Representative John Calderelli, of MIAP, and American Legion Post 1244. More than 26 service organizations, including the Greenlawn Fire Department, American Legion Riders and Color Guards, and Nassau County fire and police units participated in the coordination of the ceremonies and final placement in the columbarium at LINC.
These cremains are not from deaths related to war. These are local residents who have died and were cremated. In many cases, for unknown reasons families do not come back to claim the funeral remains or make a decision with what to do with the ashes.
The following are the names of the unclaimed veterans who received a proper burial on June 22, including, if known, their last known residence, branch of service, war era, birth and death dates. The remains of each veteran will be placed in niches on a recently built columbarium at LINC with proper identification, in case of a future retrieval request.
Lonnie Belcher, St. Albans, Army, WWII, b.12/23/1914, d. 1/24/1990
Arthur S. Boege, Garden City, Navy, b. 1897, d. 10/27/1963
Earnest Broadhurst, Hempstead, Navy, WWII, b. 1/21/1911, d. 7/3/1960
Mortimer Carpe, Fresh Meadows, Army, WWII, b.11/8/1913, d. 9/3/1990
Christopher Cunningham, Jr., White Plains, Army, WWII, b. 8/28/1925, d. 4/6/1978
Walter W. Debooy, Flushing, Army, WWII, b. 8/8/1915, d. 11/23/1986
Lawrence R. Doernberger, West Hempstead, Army, WWI, b. 4/12/1899, d. 9/9/1969
Henry Eggers, Brooklyn, Army, Civil War, b. 1842, d. 11/26/1921
Walter James Freund, Forest Hills, Army, WWII, b. 10/23/1908, d. 2/8/1989
Leo Fridkin, Jackson Heights, Army, WWII, b. 6/17/1897, d. 3/18/1970
Leo Graham, Lloyd Neck, Coast Guard, WWII, b. 8/19/1923, d. 1/9/1969
Charles Emory Gumaelius, Hempstead, Army, WWI, b. 11/5/1903, d. 8/24/1971
Doris B. Heller, St. Albans, Army, WWII, b. 7/6/1914, d. 7/23/1988
Edwin C. Hicks, East Elmhurst, Marine Corps, WWII, b. 1/9/1919, d. 2/21/1992
Elmer H. Hintz, Manhasset, Army, WWI, b. 1/8/1898, d. 12/27/1970
Thomas R. Jordan, Brooklyn, Army, WWII, b. 1/31/1907, d. 9/25/1999
Harry Kahn, Flushing, Army, Mexican Border Action, b. 4/22/1886, d. 9/23/1964
Emanuel Lederer, New York, Army, Civil War, b. 1842, d. 8/21/1917
Robert E. Link, Rego Park, Army, WWII, b. 3/20/1918, d. 10/4/1994
Ernest A. Loeffler, Flushing, Navy, WWII, b. 1/10/1908, d. 3/4/1966
Ogden Hall MacGillivray, Flushing, Navy, WWI, b. 5/11/1897, d. 5/19/1965
Joseph Macklin, Long Beach, Navy, WWI, b. 3/15/1896, d. 5/21/1985
John K. Martin, Jamaica, Army, WWI, 9/30/1895, d. 3/17/1985
Barry Mayer, Port Washington, Army, WWI, b. 3/31/1894, d. 5/1/1965
Edwin Ellis Nugent, Manhasset, Navy, WWI, b. 5/6/1896, d. 6/3/1965
Vincent O’Brien, Forest Hills, Army, WWII, b. 10/10/1915, d. 8/13/1985
Martin Orman, Forest Hills, Navy, WWII, b. 2/12/1907, d. 6/26/1986
Ralph W. Pittman, Bayside, Army, WWII, b. 2/8/1924, d. 8/20/1988
Rudolph A. Ray, Bronx, Army, WWII, b. 9/21/1922, d. 1/2/1988
Edward W. Rosenberg, Astoria, Army, WWII, b. 7/12/1921, d. 5/3/1986
Barney Schneider, Sunnyside, Army, WWII, b. 10/20/1906, d. 9/7/1989
John Thom, Post Washington, Army, WWII, b. 11/7/1919, d. 4/12/1982
Paul T. Wood, Flushing, Navy, WWII, b. 11/13/1912, d. 2/18/1995
Herman Wooden, Jamaica, Army, WWII, b. 5/9/1922, d. 10/29/1995
Charlotte A. Abarno, Douglaston, b. 2/16/1913, d. 4/5/1991
Ruth S. Block, Kew Gardens, b. 1/4/1922, d. 3/3/1996
Edna S. Boege, Garden City, b. 1900, d. 10/23/1966
Agnes Brush, Flushing, b. 2/23/1904, d. 6/12/1982
Eleanore Carey, Garden City, b. 1900, d. 10/22/1961
Florence Etringer, Howard Beach, b. 6/17/1901, d. 1/25/1984
Margaret Gero, Commack, b. 6/16/1900, d. 7/11/1985
Elizabeth Knepper, Corona, b. 1/12/1912, d. 2/10/1985
Clara Stone, Flushing, b. 10/11/1898, d. 12/20/1984
On May 19, 2012, Long Island veteran organizations and funeral homes gave proper military burials to more than 50 unclaimed veterans’ cremated remains at LINC.
According to the National Registry of Funeral Directors, New York State allows unclaimed cremated remains to be placed in a tomb, mausoleum, crypt, niche in a columbarium, or to be buried in a cemetery, or scattered at sea, but not before 120 days after cremation. Permanent records must be kept by the funeral homes of the disposition of the remains. The law went into effect on Nov. 11, 2010 – Veterans’ Day – providing the flexibility and liability protections necessary for funeral directors and veterans’ organizations alike to carry out a proper burial.