Pvt Gregory Wedel-Morales Finally Removed as Deserter, Can Have Military Funeral
When the remains of Fort Hood Soldier Pvt Gregory Wedel-Morales were recently found, the family was told he wouldn’t receive a military funeral because he was listed as a deserter. The deceased Fort Hood soldier was doomed to be forever remembered as someone who deserted his post when it was not true. He was murdered. The Army finally recognized it after new evidence was shown. He has been reinstated to active duty so that he can have a military funeral.
Pvt. Gregory Wedel-Morales, 24, a native of Sapulpa, Okla., was last seen driving his personal vehicle outside Fort Hood in Killeen on the night of Aug. 19. His last known contact was the following day. His unit placed him on AWOL status, then declared him a deserter a month later.
He was just days away from being released from the Army when he disappeared…
His mother pleaded with Army officials to look deeper.
“If [investigators] had just listened from the beginning it might not have saved his life but we would have had a lot more answers. We would have had evidence. There might have been a trail, there might have been people who could remember. You know… videos wouldn’t have been taped over.” Kim Wedel, Gregory’s mother
Fox7 Austin reported,
His 2018 black KIA Rio was recovered by authorities in January after his family saw on CARFAX that someone in the Dallas area had tried to take it in for an inspection and his remains were found in Killeen in June, and investigators suspect foul play. Family members say because he wasn’t a deserter, he should receive a proper military funeral. His cousin Abigail Wimberly started a petition to get Wedel-Morales reinstated so he could be buried with military honors.
Wedel-Morales grew up in a large military family in Oklahoma. His mother says deserter status “devastated” them. “His grandfather retired as a major in the military and this has really been hard on him, that the world would believe that his grandson’s a deserter. None of [my children] were brought up to ever just run away from problems,” she said.
The family has been fighting for Wedel-Morales’ reinstatement. On Tuesday night, a Fort Hood colonel called Wedel and said it would happen. She was told the Killeen Police Department found new evidence indicating her son died before he was “dropped from rolls,” or deemed a deserter.
Kim Wedel, mother of Greg Wedel-Morales says she has been notified the Army will be reinstating her son, based on new evidence. Wedel-Morales disappeared last August. He was declared AWOL, then a deserter. His body was found in a field in Killeen in June after CID recieved a tip. pic.twitter.com/7AEnCJjJo6
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Fox also reported,
“Nine months passed before the Army offered a reward – $15,000 – for information about Wedel-Morales’ disappearance. It was announced a day after Kimberly Wedel sent an email to Fort Hood demanding to know why it never offered one for her son, as they had in the case of Spc. Vanessa Guillén, who was reported missing from the base in April.
The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command increased the reward for information on Wedel-Morales to $25,000 on June 15. His skeletal remains were found four days later in a field in Killeen. Guillén’s body was found nearby about a week later, on June 30. Military officials said there is no evidence suggesting the cases were connected.”
“No evidence the cases are connected.” We’ll see. Pvt Wedel-Morales remains will be laid to rest at Fort Gibson National Cemetery…where he will finally receive full military honors.
Featured photo: Pvt Gregory Wedel-Morales