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Michigan veteran gets headstone 57 years after death

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A veteran who died aboard a freighter that sank in 1958 finally has a headstone at a cemetery in northern Michigan.

The Alpena News reports 25-year-old Duane Berg was never found after the freighter Carl D. Bradley sank in Lake Michigan. A military flag holder meant for Berg sat next to his father's grave in Rogers City, but without a headstone.

Funeral home owner Ted Beck says he noticed this in the spring, and got Berg a marker in the style of others at Arlington National Cemetery. A ceremony to give Berg military honors is scheduled Saturday. His brother's wife, Evelyn, says Berg served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1956.

Berg's son, who is also named Duane, said having a headstone at his father's grave provides a "place to go and talk to him."

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