Funeral services planned for abandoned veteran

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Glenn Shelton will be laid to rest Tuesday in Madison.
A Hero's Farewell
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FISHERS, Ind. (WTHR) - It is hard enough to bury a loved one and it's another matter to bury someone whose loved ones can't be found.

In this case, it's a veteran.

It is not something anyone expects. You serve your country and you have reason to believe you will always have a place in it. Marines have a motto that says "The Marines Build Men," but that is not the question.

The question now is who will be there to bury one?

"He fought for us so we could stand here today and so I thought, he was abandoned in life at some point but we don't want him to be abandoned in death," Sara Thompson the General Manager for Indiana Funeral Care.

Glenn Shelton, 68, served his country in Vietnam and was awarded the distinguished Purple Heart for bravery during combat. Because of that service, his service will be paid for, but that is not the point.

"Essentially, we have date of birth and his last known address and that is essentially it. We were able to find out he is a veteran and that he is a Marine, served in Vietnam and during that time was awarded a Purple Heart," Thompson said.

Very little is known about Glenn Shelton, other than he appears to be originally from Kentucky, and no one is quite sure how he landed in Indiana, but he did, and now Indiana Funeral Care is asking Hoosiers to come out to pay last respects to a man no one seems to know.

"We had a call from a Marine, who works with a hospice group, who asked if he could say a few words on his behalf, since he was a Marine," she added.

Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m., followed by his funeral service at 1 p.m. Response has been so incredible, it was moved to be at Allisonville Christian Church, which is at 7701 Allisonville Rd. in Indianapolis. That's just down the road from the original location at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison.

"It's to closer to Kentucky. We thought that would be the best place to take him for his final resting place," Thompson said.

As for who will get the flag that drapes the casket of a man no one knows - no one knows.

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