Marine Donated Uniform For Fallen Brother to Be Buried
Norristown, PA – US Marine veteran Samuel Jackson, 67, was killed by a hit and run driver on the 244th anniversary of the Marine Corps. On Tuesday, Marine veteran Richard Dunn donated his uniform so that Jackson could be buried with honor.
Samuel Jackson was struck by a hit and run driver at around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 10, as he stood beside his own vehicle on Astor street in Norristown.
He served in Vietnam from 1970-1971, and was honorably discharged as a Corporal. But his family had no idea what happened to his Marine Corps uniform.
Dennis Miller, director of the Montgomery County Veterans Affairs Office, said Jackson was a friend of the office who was humble about his service.
Following his death, Jackson’s family spoke with Miller about wanting military honors for his funeral, but said they had no idea what happened to his Marine Corps uniform.
Miller spoke with Hartnett at the Conshohocken VFW, who then posted to the VFW’s Facebook page asking whether anyone was willing to donate a uniform “for this fallen comrade.”
Posted by Conshohocken VFW Post 1074 on Tuesday, November 12, 2019: “It’s one of those things. You served, you wore that uniform; for some people, it was probably some of the proudest memories of their life,” Hartnett said. “It’s just something that they wanted to have happen, and everybody can understand and respect that.”
Hartnett was overwhelmed by the offers that poured in — some people wanted to take up collections to buy Jackson a uniform; others wanted to donate their own. People from as far away as Mississippi called to see how they could help.
They received offers from “all over,” but chose Dunn because he was one of the first to respond and was close to the VFW. For his part, Dunn says he can buy a new uniform “when my time comes.”
Officials are still looking for a Marine cover (hat) and noncommissioned officer belt. Though Dunn was not a member of the VFW because he didn’t serve overseas or in a war, the organization made him an honorary member because of his donation.
The hit and run driver, Nemias Perez-Severiano, was arrested on Wednesday. He is in jail in Montgomery County on charges of an accident with a related death. He is being held on a $200,000 bond.
Featured photo: U.S. Marines with the Marine Corps Band have their Dress Blue Alpha uniforms inspected during the Virginia International Tattoo at Scope Arena, Norfolk, VA., April 24, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Yuritzy Gomez)