Public Supports Western Nebraska Veteran After Passing

June 25, 2019 - 5:19pm

A veteran who has died and has no known family is set to be honored Wednesday in Alliance, Nebraska.


Douglas Stone served as a military police officer during the Vietnam Conflict. (Courtesy photo)

65-year-old Douglas Alan Stone of Scottsbluff passed away in late May. He served as a military police officer during the Vietnam Conflict. He has been a resident of the Western Nebraska Veterans Home in Alliance since 2013.

Allen Pannell, administrator at the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery in Alliance, said he spread the word about the funeral to gather support for Stone. Pannell said he wants Mr. Stone to know he wasn't alone because there are many veterans who feel like they’re alone.

“And we want everyone to know that you didn’t have to win the Congressional Medal of Honor to have done something special," Pannell said. "The fact that you raised your right hand, and you put on that uniform and took a vow that you would offer up your life for our freedom is substantial.”

Pannell expects the Patriot Guard Riders, members of the Western Nebraska Veterans Home, members of Western Nebraska Community College, along with members of the community to attend in support of Mr. Stone. The service, which will include full military honors, is set to take place at 12 p.m. MDT Wednesday at the Veterans Cemetery in Alliance.

A funeral for Dale Quick, a veteran with no immediate family, attracted 300 people on Monday in Lincoln.

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