Medal of Honor recipient from Civil War reburied at Miramar

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MIRAMAR, Calif. -- He was forgotten and his remains went unclaimed for almost a century but on Thursday, a Medal of Honor recipient received a ceremony long overdue.

A German immigrant who fought in the Civil War, Sgt. Charles Schroeter served more than 30 years between the Army and the Marine Corps. In 1863, he enlisted and fought against Confederate forces. Following the war, Schroeter joined the U.S. 8th Cavalry.

Some current members from Ft. Hood, Texas flew out in support.

"Our motto [within the 8th Cavalry] is honor and courage. Sgt. Schroeter embodies that," said Lt. Col Felix Perez.

It was a battle in Arizona during the Indian Wars in 1869, where Sgt. Schroeter earned the Medal of Honor for 'gallantry in action.'

"The medal of honor reflects the gratitude of an entire nation. A whole nation which prospers today because of the loyalty and selfless service of heroes just like Sgt. Schroeter. From birth to death, he lived a life of duty in order to honor his country. And so we all gather here today to do our duty to honor this incredible man," said Brig Gen Joseph Martin during the ceremony.

Schroeter came to San Diego in 1918 and died three years later. With no family and no one to claim his remains, his fate was the darkness of an unmarked grave. That was until the Medal of Honor Foundation, which works to find Medal of Honor recipients, tracked down Schroeter to Greenwood Memorial and brought him to Miramar National Cemetery.