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UPDATE: Funeral set for Hoosier veteran with no known family; his storied military record is revealed

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - An Indiana veteran who died with no known family will be laid to rest on Thursday.

The Madison County Coroner said George Green of Elwood died on December 5. Not a single person claimed the army veteran's body. Coroner Danielle Noone said she couldn't find any living relatives.

US Army veteran George Green.
Courtesy Coper-Fesler-May Funeral Home

That sparked an outcry from people across the state. Veterans, civilians, even scout leaders volunteered to help plan a funeral and burial service for a man they had never met.

The funeral service for George Green will be held at Copher-Fesler-May Funeral Home in Elwood on Thursday, December 19 at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Marion National Cemetery at 1 p.m.

More details can be found here.

Staff from the funeral home have researched Mr. Green's history. They discovered he served in the Korean War and wounded during his service. He returned to combat a second time.

After his service, he was awarded four Bronze Star Medals, a Korean Service Medal and a United Nations Service Medal.  George completed active duty on May 30, 1953 at Camp Carson Colorado and then returned home to live his life in Elwood.

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