WWI veteran finally gets his gravestone

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ROGERS CITY, Mich. A new gravestone in Rogers City's Memorial Park cemetery marks the spot where a World War I veteran was buried nearly 86 years ago.

The Alpena News reports (http://bit.ly/Sxkn83 ) that a white marble tombstone marks the burial site of James Elmer Brenay. He was a private in the U.S. Army who died at 33 years old in 1928. The site previously only had a U.S. flag in a war veteran marker.

Presque Isle Servicemen's Club member Mike Peltz is credited with the change. Peltz says he could not find any of Brenay's relatives but with help he found Brenay's military record.

The stone arrived in time for Memorial Day when members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars placed a wreath at his grave and fired a salute.

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