Patchogue WWI nurse receives military honors years after death

A Patchogue woman who served as an army nurse in World War I received an honor that has been long awaited for decades.

Caroline Lenora Ehmann received the shots and the folding of the American flag at her final resting place in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

For his family and friends, it lasted 40 years.

“I wasn’t sure it would ever happen,” said Barbara Ross, niece of Lenora Ehmann.

Ross says his aunt died in February 1981. Cold, snowy weather forced the cancellation of official military service. Plans to reprogram military honors never came to fruition.

Ross’s mission to honor his aunt resumed two years ago when his brother George passed away. While preparing for the service, the director of Ruland Funeral Home found documents in his files proving Lenora Ehmann’s service in WWI.

The documents helped Ross convince the Veterans Affairs Department to approve Thursday’s service, offering military honors for his aunt’s service to the country.

“It is important to remember all of those who supported the safety of our men,” said Ross. “And that was her thing. Do what she could to keep them safe and heal them.”

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