Proper burial service for Valley veteran 7 years after death

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by Crystal Cruz

azfamily.com

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 22 at 7:36 PM

PHOENIX -- Three shots rang out Friday in honor of Army veteran Maurice Soucy.

The bullet casings were given to his daughter, Joyce Rankin.

Soucy’s being laid to rest at the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix.

"It's a bitter sweet day, a long time coming," said Rankin.

In January, Rankin told 3TV she had been hanging onto her dad's ashes for seven years.

"I just feel like I gotta give him a resting place," she said.

Rankin blamed the government for holding up her father's burial.

Veteran's Affairs couldn't find her dad's service record.

Soucy’s service file was lost in a fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis in 1973.

Toby Trickel also ran into the same problem trying to bury his mom, Viola Carr.

"I think it’s a disgrace for a veteran to have to sit in a box and decide where and if she’s going to be buried or not," Trickel told 3TV in January.

Trickel said his mother always wanted to be buried next to the other veterans in Phoenix.

The day after Trickel's story ran he got a call his mom's records were found.

After Rankin's story aired her phone also rang.

"Mr. Johnson he's my angel," said Rankin.

On his free time, retired Air Force Master Sergeant Robert Johnson tracks down medals and recognition for deserving servicemen.

Johnson found the information Rankin needed to bury her dad.

"Even though it was seven years for dad to be laid to rest it's worth it today," Rankin said.

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