Goose Creek, S.C.-Once, in his lifetime, he was loved. He had friends and comrades. He was respected.
He stood proud with his tan boots on the Yellow Footprints, very likely in South Carolina.
He pledged his oath to the United States of America; to give his all to protect and defend her. But that is about all that is known about this Marine.
Yesterday, he was buried, unnamed, but not alone. Nearly 200 people came to give him one final honor.
Sadly, not one person who came to remember his life and honor his service, had the slightest inkling of who he was; only that at one time he was a member of the United States Marine Corp. The medallion on his ashes said so.
The abandoned, cremated remains of this once proud Marine were found for sale at a flea market in South Carolina.
The trail before that is hard to follow. A storage company put the contents of an entire storage unit up for sale for lack of payment. The buyer of those contents then took the items to a flea market; the ashes of a dead Marine in the mix.
It’s hard to image that anyone could overlook the fact that the gray box for sale didn’t contain human ashes, but apparently so. If they knew, they didn’t care.
It was a woman visiting the flea market who told the vendor it was against the law to sell human remains. That woman retrieved the box and respectfully took it to a Marine from Parris Island, who in turn delivered it to the local American Legion Post.
A local funeral director verified that the contents of the box were indeed human ashes and also looked for identification inside the box. There was nothing to identify the once proud Marine.
Yesterday, in a final show of respect, his ashes were given an escort by a local Honor Guard and then a proper burial on the grounds of American Legion Post 166, Goose Creek, South Carolina.
The search for the identification of this Marine doesn’t have to be over. If there is a Marine official who knows the time-line when identifying plaques were put inside of urns, that would be helpful.
Additionally, if the storage company who put the contents of the storage unit up for sale would research their records and release names, dates, and addresses, perhaps there is someone who might be able to help ID this Marine. He was once a part of someone’s life.
There should be a name to accompany his urn.
Examiner’s Note: This whole scenario is a grim reminder for everyone to make their final wishes known in regard to their remains. It very likely that the person to whom this Marine’s remains were entrusted either died or fell on hard times. Sadly, after that, everything went downhill.
The Examiner is, of course, making an assumption that the deceased Marine was male, although there is no way of knowing for sure.
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