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World War II veteran reburied in private ceremony after cemetery mix-ups

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WWII Veteran Jack Dudley and his wife, who recently passed away, leading the family to discover the plot mix-ups. WWII Veteran Jack Dudley and his wife, who recently passed away, leading the family to discover the plot mix-ups.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- World War II veteran Jack Dudley and his adult son were reburied in new plots Friday morning after the family says Evergreen Cemetery made a negligent mistake.

"It was hard," Jack Dudley's other son Bill said. "To witness this today, you know it brought up all the old wounds of those two deaths."

The entrance to the cemetery was blocked by police and the general manager would not allow WDRB inside, saying it was a private matter for the family -- even though the Dudleys invited us to the reburial.

It all comes after Evergreen told them not one, but two of their pre-purchased plots were occupied by someone from the 1950s.

The second time it happened was a few weeks ago. The Dudley family was supposed to bury their mom next to their dad -- a plan they thought was set in stone for the last 15 years.

"My mom took her last breath thinking everything was planned," Bill said.

To amend the problem, two family members were exhumed and buried in new locations. In the process, another issue was uncovered.

The vault next to Jack Dudley was crooked and so close to his body that it was partially on top of him.

"You realize that when you put that vault down on top of a World War II and Korean War veteran and here it is almost memorial day," Bill said angrily.

The Dudleys aren't the first people to have problems with Evergreen Cemetery. Past lawsuits cite various issues, like a man being buried in the wrong plot and the family not knowing about it for 10 years.

Another suit claimed to have purchased a waterproof vault, but when moving to another cemetery, "the family watched helplessly as water poured from their mothers vault for more than 20 minutes."

"For a big corporation to think that they can take advantage of the everyday guy, it T's me off to no end and I'm just getting started," Bill said.

Its hard for Bill Dudley to grieve over his loved ones at a place that's given him so much anguish.

"My whole family that has passed is over there," he said. "Now, because of this, I don't want to be there and it's terrible to say that."

The family is now buried all together. Bill Dudley says he is thinking about taking legal action against the cemetery.

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