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Public asked to attend funeral for Navy vet with no family on Feb. 13

A U.S. Navy chaplain delivers remarks during the funeral for Capt. Thomas J. Hudner at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRASER/ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY)
February 12, 2020

The Texas Veterans Land Board is asking the public to attend the upcoming burial of SN Michael Charles Pry, a U.S. Navy veteran with no known family members, whose funeral is set to take place on Thursday, Feb. 13 in Killeen, Texas.

The chairman of the board, George P. Bush, said the service will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, according to The Texas General Land Office. The Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery is located at 11463 State Highway 195 in Killeen, Texas.

Bush said that while it is likely that no one will attend the burial on Pry’s behalf, the presence of the Central Texas community is welcome and appreciated.

Michael Charles Pry was born on Feb. 11, 1947.

He joined the United States Navy on his 17th birthday and served until Feb. 9, 1968. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.

Pry will be buried with military honors. If there is no next-of-kin in attendance, the Texas Veterans Land Board indicated one of its representatives will accept the U.S. flag on Pry’s behalf.

Waco’s Lake Shore Funeral Home in conjunction with the Navy Casualty Office have organized the funeral and will ensure that Pry will receive military honors.

Bush asked that the community share the information on social media and through word of mouth to ensure that “NO Veteran is EVER left behind.”