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WWII Vet With No Surviving Family Dies At 97. Advocate Asks Mass. Residents To Attend His Funeral

An U.S. flag is planted at a gravestone in Bellevue Cemetery in Lawrence, Mass. in 2007. (Elise Amendola/AP)
An U.S. flag is planted at a gravestone in Bellevue Cemetery in Lawrence, Mass. in 2007. (Elise Amendola/AP)
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Update: You can read about the funeral here.


A veterans' services director in Massachusetts is looking for volunteers to attend the funeral of a World War II veteran who has no surviving family.

Lawrence Veterans' Service Director Jaime Melendez tells The Eagle-Tribune that James McCue died Feb. 7 at a health care center in Methuen. He was 97.

McCue enlisted in the Army in 1943 and fought with an anti-aircraft unit. State Secretary of Veterans Affairs Francisco Urena says McCue landed in Normandy on D-Day in 1944.

He is scheduled to be buried with full military honors at Bellevue Cemetery in Lawrence at 1 p.m. Thursday. Officials are seeking residents and veterans to honor his life and service. Several area veterans' organizations have already committed to attending.


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