Ceremony Held as Marker Finds Home; Research Indicates Headstone for Vet Included an Error and Was Replaced

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Byline: Anthony DeFeo

A wayward grave marker engraved for a World War II veteran was delivered to Philips Craig Swamp Cemetery in Jacksonville and placed there in a small ceremony Friday afternoon.

Jacksonville-based general contractor Art Fleming came across the stone while working on a construction site in the Moncrief Road area. An Army veteran himself, he wanted to return the stone to its rightful place but was unsure where to start. On the advice of his father - also an Army veteran - he called the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

"Off of Moncrief, we're digging a retention pond for the city," said Fleming, "and it was laying on the right of way."

Karen Nigara, member of VFW Post 1689 and district senior vice commander for the group's District 6, has done a bit of research into the gravestone's history. She enlisted the help of the Duval County Veteran Service Office.

"They felt confident that it was a stone issued by the Veterans Administration," said Nigara, "and that there was an error in the name or date and another one was issued. …