- Posted August 22, 2013 by
Haines City, Florida
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Salute to troops
A misjustice to all that have served
It concerns the burial of my father, William Malcolm Duren; the manner in which his funeral was performed was not only against his wishes, but was done illegally.
My father served in the US Navy in his younger years, and his discharge was not honorable. It was something he left in his past and he knew that he would never be granted, nor did he want to have a military funeral. After his passing, his wife of 4 years, Gail Hyde Duren made arrangements and had a military funeral for my father. Not only has the law been broken, the respect for those buried under military funeral has been besmirched. She has recently had a headstone made that features the words US Navy, dates of service and the word Korea, where he never even served. As a result, apparently someone has taken it all as an insult because the stone has been flipped over by someone so that it cannot be read or seen. This is all very disconcerting for my family not to mention embarrassing. What can be done about this? I’d prefer for the story to be shared as widely as possible because the local VA didn’t want to press charges. They said they were not going to pursue it, to everyone’s amazement as is evident in the discreet, hushed whispers that can already be heard about our small town of Thomasville, Georgia.
We would appreciate any assistance is having this slab of lies removed from our father’s grave. Thank you for listening.
Michael L. Duren
and the Family of William Malcolm Duren.