Unclaimed Omro veteran's remains go to final resting place

OSHKOSH, Wis. - Just ahead of Memorial Day, a veteran, whose remains went unclaimed for years, was finally laid to rest. Elmer Manke of Omro served in World War II with the U.S. Navy. He received several medals and ribbons for his service and was a purple heart recipient.  

He passed away in 2009, but no one claimed his remains. On Thursday, several veterans organizations held a special ceremony at Lake View Memorial Park in Oshkosh. Manke was given full military honors.

The Omro American Legion post said they were happy to give him a proper burial.   

"When you served in the military and been discharged with an honorable DD214, it's our privilege to make sure that you have a military funeral," said John Vonderloh with American Legion Post 234.

The Omro post received a package in 2016 containing Manke's remains. Thanks to donations, they were able to give him a final resting place.


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