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Hundreds attend funeral of Navy vet with no known family

PERRY, Okla. — Hundreds of strangers have honored a 97-year-old World War II veteran from Oklahoma who funeral home officials say died with no known surviving family.

Motorcycles carrying U.S. flags were part of Wednesday’s service for Herman White, who died Aug. 11. White was buried next to his wife and son in Perry, 60 miles north of Oklahoma City.

Funeral director Rebecca Raines, with Brown-Dugger Funeral Home, reached out to the community after learning White had no known surviving relatives.

Mourners attend a funeral service for World War II veteran Herman White on Wednesday in Perry, Okla. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)
Mourners attend a funeral service for World War II veteran Herman White on Wednesday in Perry, Okla. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

White married in 1941, joined the Navy in 1945 and served on board the Andromeda-class attack cargo ship Muliphen in the Pacific.

After the military, White returned to Oklahoma and worked in the oil and gas fields.

The couple had a son in 1951.

White’s wife died in 1998. Their son died in 1999.

A lone pink carnation rests atop a headstone at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Mich., on Monday, where the remains of 20 veterans discovered at Cantrel Funeral Home in Detroit will be interred. (Dale G.Young /Detroit News via AP)
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Hearses bearing the remains were escorted by police from the Detroit area to Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, about 50 miles northwest of Detroit. They were given a 21-gun salute and taps was played.

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