Vietnam vets attend funeral of fellow vet who had no close family

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U.S. Army veteran Wayne Lee Wilson was said to have no surviving family members, but what he did not realize was that he had a larger family still with him.

When Wilson recently passed in Michigan, he had no close family still living. Wilson’s close friend Charlotte Andrews even expected only 12 people to attend his funeral. Despite that, more than a 1,000 people showed up to the service in Niles, Michigan.

Petra Barnard, of the Osceola American Legion Post 308, said that every veteran “deserves to have their military rights,” so the group made sure “to pay our respects” for Wilson. Barnard was one of the hundreds of veterans who attended the funeral in an effort to honor the late Wilson. The funeral included bagpipes, military honors, and a motorcycle procession by the American Legion.

Wilson served from 1971-1977 during the Vietman War, and according to his obituary, was passionate about helping other veterans and “encouraged others to give to the Paralyzed Veterans Association.” He served in the community for many years as a truck driver. Wilson was 68 years old.



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