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Today’s post is from u/warmfuzzy22 who explains the bizarre headline: “Florida Man discovers mysterious urn in an attic. Takes it home. Pours it a glass of scotch. Talks to it for months. Solves mystery of a missing special forces soldier.”
Dude served in Vietnam, did some classified missions, green beret, had a lot of medals for doing things we cant even fathom. When he died his brother tucked him away for safe keeping, brother died, the house was later bought and turned into a rental. Renters found the ashes called the nearest military base. The base has a guy who helps people with emergencies and tough situations. He got assigned the urn. It was a first and he had to figure out where he should go. The military wont just accept an urn with dogtags into their cemeteries so he and a friend researched him. Found out he had family, but the last they were told the dude didnt want to be buried with honors, they were emotionally and physically distant so they were unsure of what to do. The guy does more research and finds out that the dude did what he does but in the 80s when it was significantly harder, and much less resources, was involved in a local military AA and went out of his way to help the neighbors kid when he enlisted. Its been months of him working on this, the whole time talking with the urn, mostly to help him feel connected and keep him motivated. After 7 months(i think writing this all out is starting to muddle things in my head) of wading through bureaucratic problems and digging through the dudes post military life he has enough to explain who he was to the guys family. He also notices some parallels to his own life and makes an effort to fix things with his own family. Thus making him a better person for knowing man in the urn. When he finally gets a reply from the dudes family saying “yes lets bury him with honors.” The guy drinks scotch and tells the urn that he will be missed. There was a small tasteful funeral. He submitted the story to the paper himself to make sure the dude in the urn got remembered for what he did for others in life and in death.
Sorry its long but I gave it my best effort