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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Daughter of unclaimed Ohio veteran steps forward

Daughter of unclaimed Ohio veteran steps forward
By Barbara Rodriguez
The Associated Press
Posted Apr 10, 2012


COLUMBUS The daughter of an Air Force veteran whose cremated remains lay unclaimed for years alongside those of about a dozen other servicemen at a funeral home said she finds closure in knowing several groups want a burial including full military honors for him.

Julie Dickerson, the daughter of Staff Sgt. Russell Andrews Jr., said her family recognized his name during a news telecast about a military burial being prepared for the unclaimed remains of 10 Ohio veterans.

“I was surprised and kind of shocked,” she said. “But in a good way.”

Dickerson said she plans to attend the May 22 burial at Dayton National Cemetery. The burial is being coordinated by the Missing in America Project, a national group that seeks unclaimed veterans’ remains so they can be laid to rest with full military honors.

The remains of 12 veterans were discovered, but the families of two veterans declined the burial.
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