Mission accomplished: Master Sgt. Verlon Johnson reclaims medals before being laid to rest

Published: Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 02:56 PM.

Two military members stood at attention at either side of the casket to act as pallbearers, and they folded up the flag to present it to the veteran’s widow.

“When they presented the flag, he knelt on the floor while they played Taps,” said Maureen. “I’ve never seen them do that before.”

The song, which has become indicative of military funerals, was trumpeted after a rifle salute to send off the decorated vet.

Later that afternoon, Johnson was laid to rest in hallowed ground among other military heroes at Barrancas National Cemetery.

His wife remarked, “It was a moving service.”

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