4 unclaimed remains of Connecticut veterans interred


June 17, 2022, 11:47 p.m.Updated on June 17, 2022

By: Marissa Alter

The remains of four Connecticut veterans, including two from Fairfield County, received a long-awaited honor on Friday. They were interred at the State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown. The full military funeral was organized by the Connecticut State Department of Veterans Affair in partnership with the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association.

“While these veterans passed away without family or friends to give them final honors, they are no longer forgotten because you are here,” DVA Commissioner Thomas Saadi said at the public ceremony. “We are all here together to remember them and give them the military honors they have earned in service to our nation.”

PFC Robert Benson served in the US Marine Corps from 1951 to 1953 and died in New Haven in 2008. CPL Loren Milton Cubbison, Jr. served in the US Army from 1953 to 1955 and died in New Haven in 2021. CPT David L. Groher served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946 and died in Bridgeport in 2008. PO3 Morris Meyer served in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946 and died in Bridgeport in 2004.

Their cremated remains have sat on funeral home shelves for years until now.

“It exemplifies and embodies the sacred ethos of our military – leaving no one behind,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal said at the ceremony. “These brave men might well have been forgotten, invisible in Connecticut, but for our determination to say, ‘We won’t leave them behind. “”

The Connecticut National Guard took part in the honors, with the Connecticut Patriot Guard Riders carrying the veterans’ cremated remains to the columbarium, finally laying them to rest after all these years. Meyer’s civilian wife, Cornelia Meyer, who predeceased him, was interred with her husband.

This was the eighth such ceremony the DVA has held since 2009, when it joined the CFDA to identify the unclaimed cremated remains of honorably discharged veterans at state funeral homes in the purpose of offering them military honors and a dignified burial.

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