Veteran to be exhumed, reinterred with military honors following cemetery mix-up
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jack Dudley served in the military for 21 years through World War II and the Korean War. He was buried 15 years ago, but his body is about to be exhumed and reinterred after a cemetery mix-up.
"Military was everything to him," Bill Dudley said of his father. "That was his life, that was his story,” said Bill.
When Jack passed away in 2000, the family bought two plots side by side at Evergreen Cemetery in Louisville. One for him and one for Nana, his wife of 55 years.
The family says the two wanted to be buried next to each other, but when Nana passed away on Friday they learned that somebody was already in her pre-paid plot. So now they're going to have to exhume Jack's body and bring him to a new location so the two can be side by side.
"To see that all brought back to surface at this time with fresh wounds, it's just it's gonna be hard," said Dudley. "It's hard now even thinking about it. In fact one of my sisters stated when we have to do this again, she don't think she can watch."
Evergreen Cemetery won't confirm a mistake, but in a statement to WDRB said, “We work very hard to ensure that mistakes are not made and that our families are satisfied with our services. When that rare circumstance occurs, our policy is to work with families to come to an accord."
"We've never done one like this before," said Morton King, Honor Guard Commander for VFW Post 1170 in Middeltown.
King says members will volunteer their time for Dudley to have another military service complete with a 21-gun salute, Taps and the folding of the American flag.
"It's an honor that's due all veterans,” said King. “We will be glad to come out and ensure that it is done again and done properly."
"When she took her last breath, you know, she died thinking she was going to be laid to rest next to my father," said Bill Dudley.
Dudley's family will meet with Evergreen Cemetery Wednesday afternoon to work out the details of his re-burial.
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