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Veterans plaques found at Perryville, MO funeral home

(Source: Justin Fischer) (Source: Justin Fischer)
PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) -

Plaques belonging to ten veterans were found inside the Miller Family Funeral Home in Perryville, Missouri. 

The plaques were found in boxes around the same time cremated human remains were also found.

So far five of the plaques have been identified and families notified, with one picked up so far. 

"George McGowan, Robert Meyer, Richard Allen Wainscott, Gale Dean Phillippi and Clyde Johnson," Perry County Coroner Jim Martin said.

Those are the names of the five unclaimed plaques found in boxes at Miller Family Funeral Home. They're made for veteran's grave sites, something Martin said every veteran deserves.

"It speaks to the service these gentleman have given for their country, and there are very few things more important than that," Martin said.

World War II Battle of the Bulge veteran Paul Collins said if it were his plaque, he would want his family to be able to have it.

"I know that anyone that got one would be very proud of it, they should be," Collins said.

Martin currently has the plaques at the county coroner's office. He has asked other groups like the Elks of Perryville for help.

"Mr. Donahue, we actually have representatives from the local Elks, which he belonged to which are going to make arrangements to get his grave, so we're tickled about that," he said.

Martin said if the family of the veteran can't afford to have it placed, he and several others will do what they can to help fundraise the needed money.

"We care about these veterans and about their families," Martin said.

If you believe one of the plaques belongs to your deceased family member, contact Martin at (573)-513-6448

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