WWII Marine w/No Living Relatives: Hundreds Honor Him at Funeral

Good people honor a man they never knew!

source: MSN/USA Today/Daily Mail

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Hundreds filled a church Friday for a man many of them never knew: Bob Graham, a World War II Marine Raider who fought at Guadalcanal and Bougainville but died this month at a nursing home with no relatives alive to honor him.

So, men in blue jackets — VFW Post 2285 Eastchester, American Legion Post 1009 Yorktown and others — their hair gone gray or white, lined pews inside St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in New York Friday morning. Men in Rolling Thunder black biker vests sat in others. Younger veterans came, town officials and civilians too. Soon it was standing room only.

“I think this is a bit more than what people expected.”

Rick Kast
Yorktown, New York

“His story touched so many people who felt compelled to go above and beyond to put their own special touch on the celebration of an American legend………..for so many of his living years, we didn’t have the chance for the country to say thank you or show him how much we appreciated what he did for us and for future generations.”

Beth Regan
Yorktown Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
Bob Graham and Beth Regan



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