GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (CBS4)– A Grand Junction man helped give a proper burial to a World War II veteran who he never met.

After losing his mother and son, Mark Shults was visiting with a friend at Snyder Grand Valley Memorials.

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He was told about an urn that the memorial service had for the past 23 years belonging to Howard Knowles.

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No one knew anything about him until Shults did his research and found Knowles’ daughter.

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“He was twice the recipient of the Purple Heart,” said Shults. “She cried, I cried, everybody was happy. She said, ‘He was my favorite.'”

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A year and a half after Shults began his journey to find out who Howard Knowles was, he had a proper burial with full military honors.

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