OKLAHOMA CITY – After he was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, a Marine veteran had one final wish: to be buried in a uniform along with a Marine Corps flag.
Donnie Loneman, who had been homeless for the last decade, didn’t have a dress uniform and could not afford one, according to CNN affiliate KOCO.
After doctors said he had only three weeks to live, the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs and several other veterans organizations came together to not only honor his final wish, but also to pay his funeral expenses and give him an honor guard.
“He said, ‘I’m gonna to enter the gates and I’m going to tell all the Marines that are standing there that they’re relieved of their duties,’” said Christine Cleary of the VA Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
Loneman died Thursday night.
“He had a good heart,” Cleary said. “Donnie was his own person. He did what he wanted and a lot of people fell in love with him for that.”