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Veterans' remains put to rest

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Walla Walla County Coroner's Office has collected more than 300 cremated remains over several decades. When the new coroner took office in January, he decided to put some to rest.

Coroner Rich Greenwood had some friends from the VFW Post 466 in College Station take on the project. The veterans went through all 305 names of the unclaimed remains to find out if any of them were veterans. They were able to match and confirm 11 that were indeed late servicemen and women.

Wednesday, the group drove the remains to Washington Veteran's Cemetery in Medical Lake for their final resting place.

Coroner Rich Greenwood said, "Since 1948, they've been on the shelf. They've been passed around from agency to agency and ended up in the coroner's office."

Joe Waiblinger, Vice Command at VFW-Post 466 said, "We loaded them up in Paul's car and put a flag over them."

"A full blown memorial service," said Paul Hellie.

The 11 veterans will have their official ceremony on September 12th. The VFW group is also going through the remaining names to see if any of them are family or spouses of veterans. The Federal government covers their burial as well.