Saturday, September 8, 2012

Mission of Honor - Brick, NJ

On Friday, 7 September 2012 the United States Black Cavalry Family (USBCF) and friends from the NJ Buffalo Soldiers and the Blue Knights participated in the honorable burial of six (6) veterans who served during World War II and the Korean War. When these veterans died their remains were never claimed and so they were cremated and placed on funeral home selves throughout the state of New Jersey, never receiving the proper burial that should be accorded all American veterans.


 A wonderful organization here in New Jersey has made it their mission to locate, identify and inter orphaned and abandoned cremains of American Veterans from all over New Jersey and provide a proper and honorable burial at a New Jersey State Veterans Memorial Cemetery. These interments are with full Military Honors, a Mahogany Urn, Bronze Military Emblem, and a US Flag. The name of this organization is THE NEW JERSEY'S MISSION OF HONOR FOR CREMAINS OF AMERICAN VETERANS. It is led by its Co-Founder, and Chairman, Mr. Francis Carrasco, a man totally dedicated to the organization's mission.. Today we had the honor of assisting them in there mission. We met at the American Legion, Brick Memorial Post 348, Brick, NJ. The initial ceremony was hosted by the Brick Memorial Post and held on their beautiful grounds. Dignitary Albert Bucchi, Director NJ Department of Military and Veteran Affairs and American Legion Dignitaries, including State Commander, Gene O'Grady, Legion Riders and bikers from across the state were in attendance to honor the six deceased Veterans and to finally escort them to their final resting place of honor, The Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, in Wrightstown, NJ.

Today was the 15th Mission of Honor Tribute to Forgotten Veterans. We were proud to be a part of it and hope to further support their mission in the future.

 Those honorably interred today were:

  •  Charles B. Elterich (1922 – 1997) US Navy – World War II 
  •  Charles A. Martin (1923 – 1993) US Navy – World War II 
  •  Frederick W. Sparlin (1922 – 2002 US Navy – Korean War 
  •  Robert V, Loeb (1923 – 2003) US Navy - World War II 
  •  John S. Harris, Jr. (1929 – 1999) US Army – Korean War 
  •  Felix E. Willette (1916 – 2002) US Navy – World War II