Vietnam vet killed in Norristown hit-and-run will be buried in another vet's uniform

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Vietnam War veteran Samuel Jackson was killed in a hit-and-run in Norristown Sunday night. When he is buried Saturday, he'll be in another veteran's uniform.

Jackson's family says his wish was to be buried in his Marine uniform, but they couldn't find it. 

So Walter Hartnett and Conshohocken VFW Post 1074 posted on Facebook to see if anybody was willing to donate theirs. 

"And from there it kind of exploded. Started hearing from everybody who had dress blues, who had parts of the uniform," said fellow Marine veteran Richard Dunn, who was one of the first to respond, offering his uniform. 

He lives in the area, so Hartnett says they took him up on his offer.

"It's amazing. You get one uniform and a lot of marines that get it, it's the highlight of their life putting on that uniform. We're going to try to figure out a way to get that marine a reimburse uniform so that way he refills his closet with it," Hartnett said. 

He adds Jackson's family is very appreciative, and he hopes getting to see him buried in a uniform will give them closure.