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Vietnam Veteran is First Casket Burial at Miramar National Cemetery (Video)

His name - John Smith - seems somewhat ordinary. But Smith's life, and burial at Miramar National Cemetery Thursday, were anything but. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Smith's burial yesterday at Miramar was the first time there's been a casket burial in a San Diego County military cemetery since 1966. That's when Fort Rosecrans in Point Loma ran out of room and stopped casket burial.

According to the U-T:

...Causes like the Stand Down for homeless veterans. 10News reports that Smith also helped found Veterans Village in downtown San Diego, where homeless vets can find medical care, help with employment, food, housing, and clothing.


KFMB-TV, the CBS affiliate in San Diego, put together a very moving video piece on Smith's burial: