Veteran with no known family laid to rest in Indiana

Posted: 10:27 AM, Dec 15, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-17 01:07:27Z

INDIANAPOLIS -- A military hero with no known family was laid to rest Saturday, and the outpouring of support was so large, the funeral had to be moved to a larger venue.

Glenn M. Shelton, 68, died Nov. 26, 2017. The funeral home invited any veterans, organizations or members of the public to attend his services. He is formerly of Louisville, Ky., and it's unknown how he got to Indiana.

Shelton earned a Purple Heart while serving with the United States Marines in Vietnam.

Visitation was held Saturday, Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., with a veteran funeral at Allisonville Christian Church, 7701 Allisonville Road in Indianapolis afterward. Dozens showed up to honor the fallen hero. The Indianapolis Vet Center passed our dog tags with Shelton's name on them. 

He will be buried privately at Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison, Indiana.

His online obituary had dozens of comments, with people thanking him for his service and paying their respects. 

Mike "Buck" Rogers and Sonny said:

We may not know each other, but we are forever brothers. So you see my brother, you do have a family. I am a disabled vet asking anyone near Greenwood who plans to attend to allow me and my service dog to ride with you, because we too are mostly alone and understand the fear of nobody there to send us home. I will leave my info with the funeral home. God blessed us, everyone, for Glenn.

Ashley Wallace said: 

I want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for your sacrifice Mr. Shelton. I heard about your story and I am saddened that you had to be alone. May you find comfort and love in the Heavens with your fellow fallen brothers.

Margie Barber said:

(From a proud grand daughter of a recently deceased WWII three time Purple Heart recipient veteran) I feel it is our respectful duty as free Americans to gather on Saturday. No soldier should ever leave this earth without a proper memorial service. I will be there to salute this, unfortunately, unknown man as he so deserves. Thank you, Mr. Glenn Shelton, for your selfless service and sacrifices you made to ensure the freedom for all Americans and our country. May you now rest in peace in the glorious after life. God Bless.

To learn more about how to help veterans around the holidays, click here. 

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