Hundreds attend funeral for WWII vet with no known family

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Sailors carry the casket of World War II veteran Herman White during his funeral on Wednesday. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP) Sailors carry the casket of World War II veteran Herman White during his funeral on Wednesday. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)
PERRY, Okla. (AP) -

Hundreds of strangers have honored a 97-year-old World War II veteran from Oklahoma who funeral home officials say died with no known surviving family.

Motorcycles carrying U.S. flags were part of Wednesday’s service for Herman White, who died Aug. 11. White was buried next to his wife and son in Perry, 60 miles north of Oklahoma City.

Funeral director Rebecca Raines, with Brown-Dugger Funeral Home, reached out to the community after learning White had no known surviving relatives.

White married in 1941, joined the Navy in 1945 and served aboard the USS Muliphen in the Pacific. After the military, White returned to Oklahoma and worked in the oil and gas fields.

The couple had a son in 1951. White’s wife died in 1998. Their son died in 1999.


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A funeral home in northern Oklahoma is inviting the public to attend the funeral for a World War II veteran with no known surviving family.

KOCO reports services for Herman Augusta White are set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 4 at Grace Hill Cemetery in Perry. He died August 11 at age 97.

Herman was born on December 1, 1921, and joined the Navy in 1945. He was a Seaman Second Class and served on the USS Muliphen. He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal.

White donated his home and possessions to a local Baptist church. Rebecca Raines, funeral director at Brown Dugger Funeral Home, said his wife and only son preceded him in death.

The funeral home is donating a casket and the services for free, and the American Legion of Perry will be doing a flag line.

Military honors will include a rifle volley, a live bugler playing taps, and Admiral Slavonic will speak.

Grace Hill Cemetery is located at 500 Memorial Drive in Perry, which is about 100 miles south of Wichita. 

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