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Veteran died alone: Did you know him?
JewishWorldReview.com ^ | May 9, 2011 | Mitch Albom

Posted on 05/09/2011 12:01:49 AM PDT by JWR_Editor

A vet's body lies alone in a cooled room in the Gates of Heaven Funeral Home in Detroit, thanks to the grace of its 66-year-old owner, Joseph Norris, who said, "My heart told me I had to do this."

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TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: death; help; kindness; michigan; military; navy; vet; veterans; vets

1 posted on 05/09/2011 12:01:53 AM PDT by JWR_Editor
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To: JWR_Editor

Someone must remember Senior Chief John D. Hannah.


2 posted on 05/09/2011 12:17:19 AM PDT by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: Albion Wilde

ping


3 posted on 05/09/2011 12:36:58 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: JWR_Editor

It might sound corny...but...’There but for the Grace of G-d, go I’....Vets ping?


4 posted on 05/09/2011 12:50:13 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: JWR_Editor

Sad story but I don’t understand how this guy does not have any money. He was getting a pension of around 3 grand from the Navy. I can understand spending money quickly but having 900 dollars is not unreasonable. BTW, E-8 is not reasonably high rank. It is only one rank lower than the highest rank. I am going to add this to the Facebook Page that is for Chief Petty Officers. Perhaps that might help too. Thank you for posting.


5 posted on 05/09/2011 1:04:46 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: JWR_Editor

Thanks for the story.


6 posted on 05/09/2011 2:08:34 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NOT FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: JWR_Editor

Here is where he lived at various times (I found the info on Ancestry.com, through public sources they compiled):

Name: John D Hannah
Birth Date: 11 Aug 1955
Phone Number: 579-3510
Address: 31380 Westfld, Livonia, MI, 48150 (1994)
[31350 Westfield, Livonia, MI, 48150 (1991)]
[31380 Westfield St, Livonia, MI, 48150-5908 (1991)]
[21746 Garrison St, Dearborn, MI, 48124-2367 (1996)]
[663 Adams St, Plymouth, MI, 48170]


7 posted on 05/09/2011 3:31:14 AM PDT by PghBaldy
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To: JWR_Editor

Rest in Peace, Chief.


8 posted on 05/09/2011 3:35:29 AM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: JWR_Editor

This man deserves to be buried in a VA Cemetery. I believe this one is close to Detriot.

Any Freepers work for the Detriot VA that could look into this?

Great Lakes National Cemetery
4200 Belford Road
Holly, MI 48442
Phone: (248) 328-0386
or (866) 348-8603
FAX: (248) 328-0612


9 posted on 05/09/2011 4:17:06 AM PDT by mom4melody
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I’m floored...I can’t imagine that the Navy couldn’t provide a list of commands where he served...there have got to be some past shipmates out there that remember serving with him...

That would be a start...

I can relate to him in a way, I know I would have a hard time carrying on without my wife, I finished up as an E-8 as well, and I know its hard to keep things up when your retired and all that...you just got to have “things” to do...If you don’t it really piles up on you...

I’m still working, but I watch my Dad who is retired, but he’s having a ball doing things that make him happy, and keep him occupied...

I hope someone comes up and visits the Senior Chief soon...


10 posted on 05/09/2011 4:42:45 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: JWR_Editor

Sometimes the media gets something right.Publishing this story is one of those times. Prayers up for this vet and thanks to the writer.


11 posted on 05/09/2011 4:47:44 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: Vroomfondel; SC Swamp Fox; Fred Hayek; NY Attitude; P3_Acoustic; investigateworld; lowbuck; ...
SONOBUOY PING!

Click on pic for past Navair pings.

Post or FReepmail me if you wish to be enlisted in or discharged from the Navair Pinglist.
The only requirement for inclusion in the Navair Pinglist is an interest in Naval Aviation.
This is a medium to low volume pinglist.

12 posted on 05/09/2011 5:14:11 AM PDT by magslinger (What Would Stephen Decatur Do?)
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To: stevie_d_64

I am now living in Gulfport, MS. This is a great option for Vets... and as Chairman of MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) Committee for the Resident Advisory Council, I can tell you there is lots of things to keep busy! Check out the current residents topics at the top right. Plus, there is a VA Hospital in Biloxi, and Keesler AFB. I have a dentist appt Wednesday here in the Wellness Center...

https://www.afrh.gov/afrh/afrhhome.htm


13 posted on 05/09/2011 5:21:25 AM PDT by WVKayaker (Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!)
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To: stevie_d_64
I’m still working, but I watch my Dad who is retired, but he’s having a ball doing things that make him happy, and keep him occupied...

Sounds like my dad. He said about a year after he retired "It's a good thing I'm retired, I don't have time for a job." He kept busy carving birds and making things for the church.

14 posted on 05/09/2011 5:41:53 AM PDT by magslinger (What Would Stephen Decatur Do?)
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To: Springman; sergeantdave; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; ...
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MIping

If you wish to be added to or removed from the Michigan ping list, please post or FReepmail me.

15 posted on 05/09/2011 5:47:36 AM PDT by magslinger (What Would Stephen Decatur Do?)
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To: JWR_Editor

I posted a link to this article on “together we served” website, a site for reconnecting with those we served with.


16 posted on 05/09/2011 6:16:36 AM PDT by antisocial (Texas SCV - Deo Vindice)
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To: JWR_Editor

This is one of the saddest things I have ever read. We gave Osama a ceremonial burial at sea but one of our own lies unclaimed and unburied.


17 posted on 05/09/2011 6:28:32 AM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: antisocial

Part of the problem with living so long is there are no buddies left to mourn your passing at your own funeral.

I have had two uncles pass away in recent years. Both, as was my own Dad, truly honorable WWII vets.

Uncle No.1 was in the US Air Force for 29 years during WWII and, as an encore... Vietnam. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross as a lead B-17 pilot and flew 50 combat missions over Europe. He received a 2nd Distinguished Flying Cross and a Bronze Star during Vietnam while serving as a helicopter rescue pilot.

Uncle No.2 was Uncle No.1’s older brother who passed at the age of 95. Uncle No.2 was in the 8th Marines, served in the Pacific and fought in the raids on Tarawa, Tinian & Saipan. He had received two purple hearts and, if I recall correctly, also a bronze star. He is now resting peacefully at Arlington.

Two War Heroes in every sense of the word. Each had barely a few more than family members attend their funerals. But I’ve got to give the Marines, the Army and Air Force their credit. The show of respect and honor displayed for each veteran’s passing was truly inspiring and very much appreciated.


18 posted on 05/09/2011 7:14:46 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: magslinger; Perdogg

Thanks magslinger.


19 posted on 05/09/2011 6:08:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: JWR_Editor; magslinger

Thank you for the ping magslinger, and the post JWR.

Godspeed Chief.

Tatt


20 posted on 05/10/2011 7:16:36 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: JWR_Editor

So sad. I hope someone claims him, that some good comes of this. No one should be forgotten like this.


21 posted on 05/10/2011 9:23:04 AM PDT by Munz (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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