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WWI Veteran laid to rest 36 years after his death


CEDAR FALLS(KWWL) -- It took almost four decades, but a world war one veteran is finally laid to rest. James Owen Perrine, a noted physicist, UNI professor, and Captain in the U.S. military past away in 1974. His ashes were discovered a couple of months a go in a storage area in Cedar Falls funeral home.

"Captain James O. Perrine was a World War I veteran who lived here in the Cedar Valley. He is actually a UNI professor and he died at the Western Home in 1974," said Ivan Hankins, President of Chapter 49 AMVET Riders.

The AMVET Riders of Chapter 49 started out with just five member three years ago, now they are 200 strong. They dedicate their time to making sure all veterans are remembered.

"There is a project called the MIAP, Missing in America Project that established us to find veterans on shelves in canisters, and take them to their final resting place and we're searching throughout the state right now for such individuals that maybe still on shelves," said Hankins.

When Perrine died in 1974, he only had one other living relative, a son in Colorado. That son died ten years later.

Today the riders are taking his remains to the Veterans Cemetery in Van

"They deserve a full military burial and full honors and I don't know how many more World War 1 veterans are out there, but they got to be widdeling down," said Rider Mike Schlamp.

Perrine had a very lengthy and extraordinary career. Before becoming a professor at UNI, he received a doctorate degree in physics from Cornell University, was an executive at AT&T, and lectured at more than 150 colleges in the U.S. and Canada.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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