When Private Lawrence Davis Jr. died in 2004, this WWII veteran had no family or friends to make sure that he had a proper burial. Recently, when a group of soldiers decided to clean up a veteran graveyard in Florida, they were shocked and outraged with what they found. In the corner of the cemetery was a grave marker made from two small flags shaped into a cross stuck into the ground. Upon closer inspection, it was actually a shallow grave dug approximately six inches with a deteriorating box containing the ashes of a fallen soldier. The only reason this was known was because of a sticker attached to the box with his name and military information.
The soldiers were outraged that half of his ashes had disintegrated from the rotting cardboard box. Because of their outrage, the soldiers have taken a stand against this happening and a bill may come of it. Because there were so few ashes left, the soldiers purchased a mini cremation urn for the soldier and had a proper military burial where he is now identified amongst the rest of the WWII veterans in the graveyard.
Now, many policy makers are starting to question how many other military cemeteries have other deceased soldiers that are just like Private Davis. There are many soldiers thatpass on without any family left or who pass while in combat. Currently, there are no laws that state that American soldiers are allowed any kind of a burial, something that the United States Military hopes to change. This mini cremation urn that was purchased for the soldier was given a proper burial as he should have received at the time of death.