WWII Vet Receives Norse Burial
The US Navy routinely performs burials at sea for qualified veterans, ceremonies that follow religious traditions despite the complaints of some who see a collusion between religion and the military.
The US Coast Guard recently performed a ceremony for World War II veteran Andrew Haines, and it honored his request as well — for what the Navy Times called a “Viking funeral“:
Haines…wanted a burial at sea…. On Sept. 29, the Station Atlantic City Coast Guard conducted the burial about three miles off the coast of New Jersey.
[The] handcrafted wooden Norse-style vessel…was lowered into a recess on the Coast Guard ship, where the shavings inside the boat were lighted with a flare and pushed out to sea.
Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Christopher Fonseca, the unit’s operations officer,
said he’d done a few burials at sea in his career — they are free to any military veteran — but never one this elaborate.
Also at the Stars and Stripes.