Members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory in World War II. (DoD photo)

In her 97 years, Bertha Dupre served in World War II, rode the rails for Amtrak and, in her 80s, became a full-time student at UNC Charlotte.

But she died alone in December, with no family left to claim her body. That gnawed at a growing number of volunteers she never knew in life but who will take her to a final rest.

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National Museum of the U.S. Air Force/Wikimedia Commons

Firsthand memories are fading fast. But even newcomers to the leafy shores of Badin Lake, about an hour northeast of Charlotte, North Carolina, soon learn that a World War II bomber rests somewhere in its murky depths.

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