Dozens gather to honor 92-year-old unclaimed veteran

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — Dozens gathered at a Suffolk veteran’s cemetery to ensure that a 92-year-old man whose remains had gone unclaimed would receive a proper send-off.

News outlets report that Army Private Eldridge Byrd was buried with military honors Thursday, September 8, at the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery with at least 50 people in attendance.

Byrd died in June at a Newport News nursing home. Without any identifiable living relatives, his body had come under the care of the Newport News Sheriff’s Office.

Capt. Shonda Whitfield was able to determine Byrd served in the Army from 1945 to 1946. Additional records were destroyed in a fire.

Newport News Sheriff Gabriel Morgan spent more than 20 years in the Navy. He didn’t know Byrd, but said he wanted to salute a fellow “brother.”


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