World War II veteran, Private Lloyd Atterson is finally receiving a military funeral honors ceremony, 74 years after the U.S. Army Air Corps pilot flew his last World War II missions in the Pacific theater and Aleutian Islands, and 46 years after his death.
The Sept. 21 ceremony will be held at Crestview Memory Gardens, Funeral Home & Cremation at 1623 Highway 109 North, Gallatin, at 3 p.m.
Atterson, who passed away in 1973, was buried without the Department of Defense-provided military honors because his widow and children did not have necessary service documentation at the time of his death.
His youngest son, Mark Atterson, himself an Army veteran, relentlessly pursued gathering the necessary paperwork to prove his father’s service. After years of searching, Mark located an official form at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, where his father received treatment after the war.
He then enlisted the help of Crestview Memory Gardens staff to arrange his father’s long-awaited military funeral honors, which will include a United States flag folding and family presentation by uniformed military personnel, followed by the military bugle playing “Taps,” which is traditionally played to accompany the lowering of the flag, as well as for memorial and burial services.
Private Atterson, who was laid to rest beside daughter Lydia Gail Atterson, at Crestview Memory Gardens, was survived by his wife, Ilene, daughters Kathy and Lydia, sons Lloyd, Jr., David, Mark, and Larry, a Vietnam Navy veteran, who also predeceased his father. Lloyd's brothers, PFC Benny Atterson and Sgt. Roy Atterson, who also served in the Pacific Theater during WW II, had preceeded Lloyd in death at the time. He was survived by sisters Thelma and Wanda, and a younger brother, Sgt. Harold
Atterson, a Korean War veteran.
Harold passed away in 2012. Lloyd’s youngest son Mark and his wife Rita; Lloyd’s grandchildren Melissa “Missy” Crouse with her husband Sean, Melinda “Mindy” Killion, both Larry’s children; as well as, Lloyd’s great grandchildren, Kelsie, Brieanne, Morgan, Austin, Michael, Kendalyn, and David, will attend the Sept. 21 military funeral honors, which will also include a pinning ceremony for veteran sons Larry and Mark. Mark will accept the military pin posthumously for his late brother Larry who passed away this past April. Also attending are family friends David and Jan Eagan from Franklin, Tenn. The public is invited to attend.