Cremains of 18 veterans who died at OSH will finally be buried

Statesman Journal, May 21, 2015

Woman delivering flowers to gravesiteThanks to the diligent work of the Oregon State Hospital and the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the cremains of 18 military veterans and two spouses of veterans will be interred with full military honors on Friday, May 22, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

The state hospital is the custodian of the cremated remains of approximately 3,400 people who died between 1914 and 1971 while living or working at the hospital and other state facilities. It has been working with the ODVA for nearly 10 years to identify the deceased who are eligible for veteran burial.

“Just as we thank all veterans for their service, we thank the amazing team from the Oregon State Hospital and their partners for all of their research and hard work to correct the record,” ODVA Director Cameron Smith said.

The 18 honorably discharged veterans, ranging from the Civil War to World War I, who will be interred at Willamette National are: Thomas A. Bond, Rollin Curd, Henry Gore, John Q. Howard, Arthur B. Hunter, Herman G. Kluedtke, Frank F. Moore, Curtis L. Oaks, Davis B. Parmenter, Matthew Ross, Jr., John W. Sevedge, Edward C. Shaw, Charles Sherwood, Harry N. Thompson, John Tooley, Lawrence C. G. VanWert, John A. Walters and Fred Warner.

The spouses of veterans, also eligible for burial at the cemetery, are Emma Rowland and Edna May Ward.