September 09, 2010

His Service Remembered: Remains of Civil War Veteran Unclaimed Since 1923 to be Interred at Jacksonville Veterans Cemetery September 17

The Missing in America Project (MIAP) in partnership with the Missouri Veterans Commission, will inter the remains of Private John W. Kling, a Veteran of the Civil War, and his spouse Elizabeth Kling, whose remains have been unclaimed since her death in 1923 on Friday, September 17, 2010 in a 1:00 pm ceremony at the Jacksonville State Veterans Cemetery, 1479 County Road 1675, Jacksonville, Missouri. The public is invited to attend.
Kling will be interred with full military honors. Civil War Re-enactors and members of Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will escort the remains.
John Kling was born in 1837 and on Nov 4, 1861 at the age of 23, joined the Union Army.  Kling served in E Company of the 2nd (old) Regiment Artillery Volunteers of Missouri.  Kling was honorably mustered out of the Union Army on 24 Aug 1863 holding the rank of Private.  After the war, Kling met and married his life long companion Elizabeth in 1870.  John died in 1918 followed a few years later by Elizabeth in 1923. John and Elizabeth's remains were located and identified through the efforts of MIAP and Newcomers Funeral Homes of Kansas City, MO. 
The Unclaimed Remains law provides immunity to funeral homes from any suit for negligence related to the handling or interment of unclaimed veterans remains if they follow prescribed statutory steps. Funeral homes that do not have the manpower to research the names of their unclaimed remains for veteran status can request the assistance of MIAP, a national organization that locates and identifies the unclaimed cremated remains of veterans.
For more information on the Missing in America Project go to, or contact Linda Smith, National Operations Coordinator at or (573) 528-6930.
The Missouri Veterans Commission operates seven State Veterans Homes, six State Veterans Cemeteries, and the Veterans Services Program.  The Commission is committed to honoring and serving Missouri's Veterans whose dedication and sacrifices have preserved our nation and its freedoms.  For more information about the Missouri Veterans Commission programs, call 573-751-3779 or access the Missouri Veterans Commission at


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