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The Forgotten Veterans Run. In Kitsap County, when a person passes over and is not claimed by friends, or relatives and the estate has no funds for burial, the deceased remains in the care of the County Coroner.

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TheForgotten Veterans Run


In Kitsap County, when a person passes over and is not claimed by friends, or relatives and the estate has no funds for burial, the deceased remains in the care of the County Coroner.


Upon learning there could be veterans among those passed over, the Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board began working with the coroner to ensure that veterans were interned with honor.


On October 2, 2008, the Veterans Advisory Board took possession of the remains of six veterans, and with the help of several veterans organizations, made the fifty-one mile trip from Port Orchard, WA to Tahoma National Cemetery.


Combat Veterans International, Chapter 5, organized a cortege with over fifty motorcycles and several automobiles.

This journey became known as …


TheForgotten Veterans Run


It was a cool, rainy morning when the coroner handed over:

Daniel Byron Leeds (Army),

Ronald Losinger (Marine Corps),

David Curtis Hagen (Navy),

Jens Edwin Hanson (Navy),

John Jay Knox Sheldon (Navy),

Edward Howell (Navy).


Photo: Drake Evens, Combat Veterans International

Each veteran was carried from the coroner’s office by a member of the same service…


…protected from the weather,

Photos: Drake Evens, Combat Veterans International


Photo: Harry Tachell, DAV Chapter 22

…and placed in the back seat of a convertible.


Photo: Drake Evens, Combat Veterans International

They were covered with the flag and accompanied by a bottle of brandy and a good cigar.


Photo: Harry Tachell, DAV Chapter 22

The cortege was guided by a professional motorcycle escort, a trooper from the Washington State Patrol, and the Kitsap County Sheriff. The route covered 48 miles of freeway…


Photo: Drake Evens, Combat Veterans International

The only stop was at the toll booth for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge…


Seattle P-I photo/Meryl Schenker

The cortege arrives at Tahoma National Cemetery


Photo: Drake Evens, Combat Veterans International

The cortege parks while the…


Seattle P-I photo/Meryl Schenker

…veterans are placed in the hands of Jim Trimbo, director of Tahoma National Cemetery, left, and volunteers from the Disabled American Veterans, as people arrive to pay their respects.


"These men were there when the country needed them, and now it's time for their country to serve them with a dignified burial," said Trimbo.

Seattle P-I photo/Meryl Schenker

DAV Charlie Pennington of Seattle, who served with the U.S. Army in Korea and Vietnam, holds one of the forgotten veterans.


Seattle P-I photo/Meryl Schenker

Left to right: Veterans Advisory Board member SFC Duane Cruz with the National Guard, Leif Bentsen with the Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board, and Mike Carroll, Veterans Advisory Board member, listen to the service.


Seattle P-I photo/Meryl Schenker

Patriot Guard Riders provide a color guard.


Photo: Drake Evens, Combat Veterans International

The flag is presented…


Seattle P-I photo/Meryl Schenker

Harry Tachell (left), Frances Pigott and her husband Jack Pigott (behind her, purple shirt), of Belfair watch the ceremony as…


Seattle P-I photo/Meryl Schenker

Members of the voluntary honor guard including John Swan of Kirkland, fire a three volley salute…


Seattle P-I photo/Meryl Schenker

The flag is folded…


Photo: Drake Evens, Combat Veterans International

And presented to representatives of the veterans advisory board.


Seattle P-I photo/Meryl Schenker

Sgt. Michelle Wheeler plays taps


Seattle P-I photo/Meryl Schenker

Leif Bentsen hands Mike Carroll a poppy given to him by Chaplin John Yaw, and symbolic of Flanders Field.


InMemoriam

Daniel Byron Leeds (Army),

Ronald Losinger (Marine Corps),

Jens Edwin Hanson (Navy),

David Curtis Hagen (Navy),

John Jay Knox Sheldon (Navy),

and Edward Howell (Navy).


The Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board would like to thank the following who made this endeavor possible:

Kitsap County Coroner

Tahoma National Cemetery

Mike Carroll

Combat Veterans International, Chapter 5

WSP Trooper Todd Barolac

Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer

Disabled American Veterans

Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association

Patriot Guard Riders Color Guard


Warrior Brotherhood

Goldwing Road Riders Association

Christian Motorcycle Association

Alky Angels

USMC-MC

Star Riders

American Legion Riders

Brothers-in-Arms

Seattle Post Intelligencer Photo Dept.


TheForgotten Veterans Run II


MAY 28, 2011

ANOTHER TRIP TO TAHOMA

“RUN TO TAHOMA”


On May 28 2011, the Veterans Advisory Board took possession of the remains of nine veterans, and with the help of several veterans organizations, made the fifty-one mile trip from Bremerton, WA to Tahoma National Cemetery.


Combat Veterans International, Chapter 5, organized a cortege with over two hundred fifty motorcycles and several automobiles.


MEMORIAL AT CORONERS OFFICE


The coroner handed over:

Walter D. Autem, USA

William G. Brown, USAF

Raymond L Cassalerey, USN

Charles E. Curlee, USMC

Brian P. Garcia, USN

Carl G. Hasty, USA & USAF

Robert E. Keen, USN

Arnold P. Mauricette, USA

Monte J. Wehenkel, USA


ON TO TAHOMA


AT TAHOMA

MAY THEY REST IN PEACE

Raymond Cassalery , Navy; Carl Hasty, Air Force; Walter D. Autem, USA

Robert Keen, Navy; Monte Wehenkel, Army; Charles Curlee, Marine Corps;

William Brown, Air Force; Brian Garcia, Navy; Arnold Mauricette, Army.


The Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board would like to thank the following who made this endeavor possible:

Kitsap County Coroner

Tahoma National Cemetery

Mike Carroll

Combat Veterans International, Chapter 5

Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer

Disabled American Veterans, chapters 5, & 22

Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association

Patriot Guard Riders Color Guard

American Legion 200

Marine Corps League 531

NRA 29

Elite Motor Escort, Inc

US DVA B-Pod, Bremerton

Viet Nam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club

IMF/Bangor, US Navy

WNG Wolf Pack Recruiting Station, Seattle

Puyallup Navy Recruiting Station

Kitsap Co. Emergency Management

South Kitsap High School, NJROTC

Washington Youth Academy

Washington State Patrol

Kitsap County Department of Public Works

Kitsap County Board of Commissioners


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