• Funeral service set for unclaimed Oklahoma veteran


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - An Oklahoma veteran with no known remaining family will be given a public funeral service next week.

    Retired US Army Sgt. Michael James Burke IV died Feb. 23 in Lawton. Officials said the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner attempted to find Burke’s family, but was not successful.

    The Honoring America’s Warriors organization was contacted to help make arrangements for Burke.

    “Fortunately, unclaimed Veterans are a rare instance, but we are always honored to provide the service they deserve,” Brent Jones with OKC Cremation and Funeral Home stated. Full military honors will be rendered by U.S. Army and Honoring America’s Warriors Honor Guards, escort and flag line will be provided by Patriot Guard Riders of Oklahoma.

    Burke served in the U.S. Army from 1979 to 1999. His funeral service will be held March 20 at 1 p.m. at Fort Sill National Cemetery in Elgin, Oklahoma.

    The public is invited to attend.

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