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Oklahoma community members come together to replace veteran’s vandalized gravestone

MANY, Okla. (KFOR) – More than 50 years after his death, a group of strangers came together to replace the gravestone of a veteran Moore after it was found vandalized.

Every cemetery is filled with stories.

Few know them better than Jeanie Sisson.

“There was a Grave Finder website, and so there were some photo requests,” Sisson said. “So I decided to answer some of those requests – take pictures for people who live out of state or somewhere and can’t take their own pictures.”

Now, she’s added a stunning brand new stone to her collection – but it took some time and work.

While taking pictures at Moore Cemetery a few months ago, she noticed that a place where it once stood had been demolished.

Wayman Batey kicks vandalism

“You know, it just sits in the ground, breaks, and even at times it sits in a puddle and it breaks my heart just to look at that and to see, you know, it’s in shape. how bad. for anyone, but especially for a veteran,” Sisson said.

That veteran was World War II soldier, Wayman Cohen Batey.

Sisson asked and was told it was the family’s responsibility to look after him.

But Batey passed away in 1967 – and more than 50 years later, his family has not been found.

So she turned to Cleveland County Veterans Coordinator, Charlie Neely.

“I’ve helped families get sponsors, but it’s usually the men right after the veteran dies,” Neely said. “So it’s usually a process that gets resolved quickly. I have never encountered this situation before. “

This situation took longer – more months and a community effort – but it was well worth it.

New Stone Wayman Batey

“Jeannie warned me this really shows that there are some true patriots out there who really care about the sacrifices that have been made,” Neely said.

“Like others, I appreciate his service in the military, and we are delighted that he can be recognized and his stone is here to honor him,” said Sisson. speak.

Neely filed the replacement paperwork with the National Cemetery Association.

Moore Custom Monument ordered a free stone in honor of Batey.

https://kfor.com/news/local/oklahoma-community-members-come-together-to-replace-veterans-vandalized-headstone/ Oklahoma community members come together to replace veteran’s vandalized gravestone

JACLYN DIAZ

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