6 veterans honored with funeral after remains ID’d

They were identified in La Grande

Six veterans were honored with a funeral at the Willamette National Cemetery after their remains were identified in La Grande, Oregon. (KOIN)
Six veterans were honored with a funeral at the Willamette National Cemetery after their remains were identified in La Grande, Oregon. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Six veterans were laid to rest at the Willamette National Cemetery on Friday in a ceremony made possible by the Missing in America Project.

Missing in America works to locate, identify and inter the remains of veterans who haven’t been identified and claimed by their families. The remains of thousands of veterans end up on shelves in funeral homes and mortuaries, so this project ensures they receive the honor they deserve.

These 6 veterans were identified through the efforts of Lonnie Myers with the Patriot Guard Riders and Ian Murphy with the Loveland Funeral Chapel in La Grande.

Charles A. Fischer, 10/21/1896-10/8/1985, US Army WWI
Thomas K. Gurney, 10/16/1926-12/19/2010, US Navy WWII
Elbert E. Hempel, 07/14/1940-11/16/2011, US Navy Vietnam
Richard L. Hewitt, 08/20/1931-01/10/2011, US Army Korea
William Lutz, 04/03/1941-03/20/2017, US Air Force
Milton L. Kahut, 06/24/1959-07/26/2013, US Army Served between 78-81