Boston man becomes first in his family to visit LI grave of great uncle who died in WWII

Frank Durant made the trip to the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale to visit the burial place of Joseph Wolvernez.

News 12 Staff

Mar 17, 2024, 9:54 PM

Updated 38 days ago

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A Boston man became the first person in his family to visit the Long Island grave of his great uncle who died in World War II.
Frank Durant made the trip to the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale to visit the burial place of Joseph Wolvernez.
For Durant, this was the first time he -- or any of his family -- visited Wolvernez's grave.
"My big thing, personally, I had to ask myself the question, did anyone, was anybody here back in 1947 for his funeral? And I can't answer that question. Both his parents at the time were not doing good health wise," Durant said. I have the sad feeling that no one was here from the family to represent at his burial. So for me, personally, just for my own knowing, I'm here to say 'thank you' and to be here to remember his legacy."
Durant told News 12 his great uncle died 80 years ago this December.


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