Vietnam veteran buried in wrong plot in Bartow
By: WFLA 8 On Your Side Staff
Posted: May 13, 2019
"It's sacrilegious. He had his military service here with honors and by the city leading us to believe that all those places were available to purchase, and we don't want to see him dug up," said Sara.BARTOW, Fla. (WFLA) - A family in Bartow is upset after discovering their loved one was buried in the wrong spot.
The city owns the cemetery and wants to move the body to the right spot, but the family says that would be disrespectful.
A Vietnam veteran, Jerry Paul, was laid to rest two years ago.
"We buried him once, we didn't want to have to do it a second time. We want him kept right where he's at," said Sara Paul, his daughter-in-law.
A year later, the Paul's discovered Jerry was laid to rest in someone else's empty plot, sold to a woman who bought the spot to be next to her family.
The City of Bartow says someone, somehow, marked the wrong grave at the time of the burial. The one the Paul's bought was 20 feet away.
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