2004-10-22 / Community

Medical Examiner Id’s Crash Vet’s Body

By Brian Magoolaghan

  • There will be an honor guard ceremony and cremation for Donald Palmer Jr. – the Vietnam veteran who was partially incinerated in a deadly car crash on October 9 – after all.
  • Just 20 minutes before they were supposed to leave for the cemetery and inter Donald Jr. in the family plot, his father, Donald Sr., learned that the Brooklyn Medical Examiner’s office had positively identified his son‘s remains, clearing the way for the family’s preferred funeral arrangements, Donald Sr. told The Wave this week.

    No date has been set, but the honor guard ceremony, which Donald Jr. is entitled to because of his honorable military service, and the cremation, which would not have been allowed unless his remains were positively identified, should be able to proceed within about two weeks. The family must wait a week to 10 days while the ME’s office completes Donald Jr.’s certification – reclassifying him from probable to positive status.

    “I’m very, very pleased that it finally worked out,” Donald Sr. said.

    Donald Jr.’s remains are being stored at the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home and will be transferred to the Greenwood Crematory in Brooklyn. There will be a ceremony with an honor guard and then Donald Jr.’s ashes will be sprinkled in Jamaica Bay between the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge and the Jamaica Bay Subway Bridge – where the family had lived for many years, his father said.

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