Fort Worth World War II Combat Veteran's Funeral Will Have No Customary Military Honors

Curt Lewis
May 13, 2020 - 6:45 am
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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) -  When decorated World War II combat veteran Richard Runnels died in Fort Worth over the weekend, his family was shocked to learn his funeral at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas would include none of the customary military honors because of Coronavirus fears.

Over the course of his service, Richard Runnels earned the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and that most prized of a soldier's decorations - the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

The family was informed Runnels' funeral would have no folded flag ceremony, no Taps and no graveside rifle volleys.

On top of that, no more than ten people are permitted to attend and even they must remain in their cars the entire time.

The military customs have been suspended because the VA does not want to risk exposing personnel like pall bearers, buglers and riflemen to the virus.