Remains of 8 veterans, long unclaimed, buried in San Antonio

The remains of eight U.S. military veterans stored for years in the basement of a county courthouse in the Texas Panhandle have been interred as part of a formal ceremony in San Antonio.

The servicemen were buried Friday at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery after their cremated remains had been escorted more than 500 miles (805 kilometers) from the Potter County courthouse in Amarillo.

No family or friend had claimed any of the eight men when they died so their bodies were stored.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that Navy petty officer Coy Washington Black, who died at 67, had been in the basement the longest — 15 years.

Friday's burial was provided by the Missing in America Project, a group that has given final honors to more than 3,500 veterans across the country.

In this Friday, June 1, 2018 photo, Navy Reservist Second Class Petty Officer Linda Villalobos presents a folded U.S. Flag to an official as Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery and the Missing In America Project conduct a military burial service for the cremated remains of eight unclaimed veteran in San Antonio.  The remains of eight U.S. military veterans that for years had been stored in the basement of a county courthouse in the Texas Panhandle have been interred as part of a formal ceremony in San Antonio. (Kin Man Hui/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

Navy Reservist Second Class Petty Officer Linda Villalobos presents a folded U.S. Flag to an official as Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery and the Missing In America Project conduct a military burial service for the cremated remains of eight unclaimed veteran in San Antonio.  (AP)

"These veterans that we're locating served our country honorably," said Joyce Earnest, Texas coordinator for the project, which has been locating, identifying and interring the unclaimed remains of America's veterans since 2007. "And they deserve to be treated honorably in their deaths."

Little is known about the men other than their names, birth and death dates.

The other seven are:

Tech Sgt. Dana Dean Milton Jr., 85, served in the Army, Navy and Air Force.

In this Friday, June 1, 2018 photo, shell casings eject from the rifles of the Fort Sam Houston Memorial Services Detachment Honor Guard as they fire three volleys during a burial service by Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery and the Missing In America Project for the cremated remains of eight unclaimed veterans in San Antonio.  The remains of eight U.S. military veterans that for years had been stored in the basement of a county courthouse in the Texas Panhandle have been interred as part of a formal ceremony in San Antonio. (Kin Man Hui/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

Shell casings eject from the rifles of the Fort Sam Houston Memorial Services Detachment Honor Guard as they fire three volleys during a burial service by Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery and the Missing In America Project for the cremated remains of eight unclaimed veterans in San Antonio, June 1, 2018.  (AP)

Navy Aviation Recruit George Machoul Aswad II, 58.

Army Pfc. Andrew Benson Bramlett, 61.

Army Pvt. Robert Pete Brunner, 71.

Navy Seaman Everett Earl Criss, 71.

In this Friday, June 1, 2018 photo, military service members with the Armed Services Honor Guard prepare to present folded flags as Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery and the Missing In America Project conduct a military burial service for the cremated remains of eight unclaimed veterans in San Antonio.  The remains of eight U.S. military veterans that for years had been stored in the basement of a county courthouse in the Texas Panhandle have been interred as part of a formal ceremony in San Antonio. (Kin Man Hui/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

In this Friday, June 1, 2018 photo, military service members with the Armed Services Honor Guard prepare to present folded flags as Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery and the Missing In America Project conduct a military burial service for the cremated remains of eight unclaimed veterans in San Antonio.  (AP)

Army Pfc. Don Stewart, 83.

Marine Pfc. Floyd Ray White, 65.