American Legion Post 13 Honor three Veterans, whose remains were unclaimed; Fallen Not Forgotten at Mount Hope Cemetery, Sen. Bill White talks with us

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WEBB CITY, Mo. — Mount Hope Cemetery is where Joplin’s founders were laid to eternal rest. Now in current times our family and friends.  It’s also home to more than 1,400 Veterans graves from the Civil War to present day.  Monday morning, Memorial Day, three unclaimed Veterans were interred with full military honors.  

American Legion Post 13 host the ceremony as in years past. Last year was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Missouri Senator Bill White was present as a member of American Legion Post 13. He is also the Chairman of the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee in the Missouri State Senate. He shared thoughts on the three honored today with us, “When they died, no one there to claim them. No place for them to be buried. I think I used the word misplaced is maybe a better word than forgotten.  That’s just inappropriate. The men and women we do this for, people that have served, deserve a final resting place where they can be remembered. The least that we owe them for their service, is a final resting place.” 

Three Veterans remains have been identified and will be recognized for their service in the Army: Thomas Brunson, Jimmy Smart and Jimmy Bryant. Patrick Tuttle acknowledged the Knell Funeral home of Carthage for assisting in making the day possible.

“Today we are laying three brothers in arms to rest that have been forgotten for a short time. But it’s important to us as American Legion Post 13 to find Veterans who are not laid to rest. Not claimed by their families to give them a proper burial. And today it’s fitting to give them full military honors. Very little is known about these three gentlemen. We are limited [on information] but we are still respectful,” Patrick Tuttle of Post 13 shared with the crowd gathered.

After sharing more about the three honored. What followed was the 21-gun salute by the American Legion Patriot Guard and then folding and presenting of the flag for family members in attendance.

Mount Hope Cemetery is located at 3700 North Rangeline. Their Veterans Wall has hosted numerous special events and services honoring Veterans.

Looking around at headstones in Mount Hope you can read names of Joplin, Webb City & Galena businessmen of the mining era 100+ years ago: Schifferdecker, Sergeant, Moffett, Leonard. Joplin co-founding father Patrick Murphy and Webb City founding father John Cornwall Webb.

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