A 93 year-old veteran who passed away in June with no one to claim his body or make funeral arrangements is going to have a proper burial by Newport Sheriff’s deputies at a cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia.
U.S. Army veteran Eldridge Byrd died in a Newport nursing home back in June, but with no friends or family, no one claimed his body or made funeral arrangements. The deputies took it upon themselves to give Byrd a proper burial.
Sheriff’s deputies learned that Byrd had served as a private in the U.S. Army from March of 1945 to March of 1946. His military records were destroyed in the 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis but upon further investigation, it was determined that he was honorably discharged from the military.
Military Honors will be rendered at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery on Thursday at 1 pm.
Despite having no friends or family, it is expected that there will be several people in attendance, including the Patriot Riders, an organization that honors military heroes, among others, at memorial services.