Hundreds mourn WWII Marine who died without living relatives
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Hundreds have turned out to honor a decorated World War II Marine in New York after a young friend ensured the 97-year-old’s death did not go unnoticed.
Bob Graham had no living relatives when he died this month. He was awarded Bronze and Silver stars fighting in an elite unit in the Pacific.
Twenty-seven-year-old Beth Regan befriended Graham as a volunteer at his nursing home. Worried that his funeral would be sparsely attended, she used the internet to get the word out.
As a result, Friday’s service in Westchester attracted firefighters, a police honor guard, veterans and hundreds of others eager to celebrate a life well lived.
Regan says Graham was a humble man who adored his wife of more than 60 years. She died two years ago.