'Unclaimed' fallen military heroes en route to final resting pla

'Unclaimed' fallen military heroes en route to final resting place

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The remains of eight forgotten veterans are on the way to their final resting places. Hundreds of bikers roared through Lubbock and escorted these unclaimed servicemen.

The Patriot Guard Riders are dedicated to escorting fallen military heroes. For this escort, It is made possible by The Missing In America Project. Joey Carver with the organization said it's purpose is locating, identifying, and moving unclaimed cremated remains of American Veterans. 

"They've been missing for many years," Carver said. "They've been on the shelves of counties, funeral homes, and mortuaries for many years." 

Starting in Amarillo, eight 'left on the shelf' veterans are on their way to San Antonio. 

Tech Sergeant Dana Milton Jr. served in the Army, Navy, and Air Force in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. 

Among the sailors, Aeaman Everett Criss, Airman Recruit George Aswad II, who served in Vietnam and Aviation Technician Coy Black from the Korean War. 

Private First Andrew Bramlett served in the Army during the Vietnam conflict. PFC Don Stewart and Private Robert Brunner served in the Army during the Korean War. 

Private First Class Floyd White, the lone Marine, served in Vietnam. They all died in the past 15 years, surviving decades past their service. 

"You know I've got a son right now serving, and while we're sleeping, we live free in this country because of them," Carver said.

Carver said it is a joint effort between law enforcement and veteran organizations including Lubbock County Sheriff's Office, DPS, and LPD. Benny Guerrero with the Veterans of Foreign Wars said while their families may no longer be alive, it is important for veterans to step in. 

"People may think that they're forgotten but they're not forgotten and that's why we are here," Guerrero said. "Let people know, let them know, and let the heavily father know, hey they're not forgotten and we still love them and they're part of our family." 

The funeral service will be at the Ft. Same Houston National Cemetery June 1st. 

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