Funeral Service in Augusta Honors World War II Veteran with No Surviving Family

AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - A funeral service was held in Augusta on Wednesday for a World War II veteran who passed away with no next of kin.

U.S. Navy Seaman First Class Warren Goodwin died on January 10th at Mid-Coast Hospital. He was 94.

He had been a resident of Richmond Eldercare after being separated from family for years.

Having no surviving family, Major General Douglas Farnham claimed Goodwin for burial on behalf of the state.

His service was attended by Congressman Bruce Poliquin, state lawmakers, as well as members of the American Legion and Patriot Guard.

Goodwin served from 1943 to 1946.

"He was at Normandy for the invasion of Normandy, he was there for the invasion of Southern France, and then he moved to the pacific where he was there for the invasion of Okinawa, all on the Dorothea Dix. So it's amazing just to learn about Mr. Goodwin," said Scott Brown, Superintendent of the Maine Veterans' Cemetery System.

Goodwin's final resting place is inside the Niche Wall at the Civic Center Drive Veterans' Cemetery.