WWII, Korean War veteran laid to rest on LI nearly 60 years after his death

Fellow veterans and family gathered to honor Sgt. George Moje Jr.

Krista McNally

May 31, 2024, 9:51 PM

Updated 44 days ago

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A World War II and Korean War veteran was finally laid to rest Friday on Long Island - almost 60 years after he died.
Fellow veterans and family gathered to honor Sgt. George Moje Jr.
Sgt. Moje Jr. enlisted in the United States Army at 17, and was sent to Japan in 1946. At 22, he fought in the Korean War before being honorably discharged.
He was wounded during combat and suffered immensely when he was home, before he died in 1965, according to his niece.
Diane Moje Garcia tells News 12 that the family held a wake for her uncle but could never accept the finality of picking up his remains.
It's something she then took on 58 years later, only to find his cremated remains were still at the funeral home.
“After my father’s passing and my mother falling ill, I came across the paperwork and wanted to rectify what should have been done," says Diane Moje-Garcia.
Sgt. Moje Jr.’s final resting place is now at Calverton National Cemetery.
He was awarded a Bronze Star and World War II Victory Medal for his years of service.


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