Twenty veterans from Bernalillo County and one from Otero County, were interred at the Santa Fe National Cemetery as part of the New Mexico Forgotten Heroes Burial Program on Thursday, Sept. 23. The 20 Bernalillo County veterans were identified through the county’s Unclaimed/Indigent Cremation Program.
There have been a total of 139 Bernalillo County veterans interred since the New Mexico Forgotten Heroes Burial Program began in June, 2010.
“No matter what the circumstances at the end of their lives, these military veterans have earned our everlasting thanks and respect for their service to our country,” says Commission Chair Charlene Pyskoty. “These individuals are no longer unclaimed or forgotten and will be now be remembered as part of our Bernalillo County family.”
The interments are in accordance with New Mexico’s Forgotten Heroes Burial Program, established by the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services to provide a military funeral, with an honor guard, a flag folding ceremony and the playing of taps, for any honorably discharged veteran who upon death goes unclaimed by family members or friends.
Bruce Allan Halterman PV1 Army
Dean Ross Harris PVT US Marine Corps
Felix John Stanion PV1 US Marine Corps
Frederick Addison Jones PV1 Army
Frederick Calhoun Pickens Navy
George Lawrence Schmith SP 4 Army
James Andrew Jaworski FN Navy
James Edward Marshall PVT US Marine Corps
John Tyler Army
John William Harrison SPC Army
Kerry Rodney Lee PVT Army
Lester Wayne Faulk FR Navy
Michael Owen Crossley LCpl US Marine Corps
Michael Ray Harriman SP5 Army
Randolph Allen Saxvold Army
Rocky Hunter SN Navy
Sheldon Donald Tauber SP5 Army
Stephen Anthony Atwood PV1 Army
Timothy Carlos Murray PVT US Marine Corps
Tony Leon Roberson CPL US Marine Corps
Wayne Charles Rondeau PVT Army
On Sept. 16, in Bernalillo County, 91 people were honored in a special burial ceremony at Fairview Cemetery, organized by the county’s Unclaimed/Indigent Cremation Program, which provides a dignified repose for those whose loved ones can’t afford to lay them to rest and those for whom the county is unable to locate next of kin.
For more information on the county’s Unclaimed/Indigent Cremation Program, go to www.bernco.gov/Unclaimed_Indigent_Cremation_Program.