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Posted on: October 9, 2023

Coroner's Office to Honor Memory of Ten Unclaimed Veterans on October 26

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The community is invited to join the Chester County Coroner’s Office at the Unattended Veterans Service at Washington Crossing National Cemetery. The ceremony will be held at 830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA on Thursday, October 26, at 2:00 p.m. The Coroner’s Office will honor ten unclaimed veterans who died in Chester County, interring them with full military honors.  

The veterans include:

  • William A. Ferrese – U.S. Navy, of Mayfield Borough
  • Paul Schubert – U.S. Navy, of West Bradford Township
  • Charles R. Faddis – U.S. Army, of Coatesville City
  • Thomas C. Brown Jr. – U.S. Marine Corps, of Coatesville City 
  • Frederick K. Schwartz – U.S. Marine Corps, of South Coventry Township
  • Bob G. Sluder – U.S. Navy, of Downingtown Borough
  • Patrick Dougherty – U.S. Navy, of Willistown Township 
  • James Jolly – U.S. Army, of West Goshen Township 
  • Craig S. Rhymer – U.S. Marine Corps, of Baltimore (Maryland) 
  • Melvin E. Pierce – U.S. Army, of East Bradford Township 

During the ceremony – which will include a rifle salute and live Taps – the veterans’ names will be read, and the Pennsylvania Military Honors team will present the flag on behalf of the veterans. The veterans will each be placed in their own columbarium, which will be engraved with “Proudly Served.”

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