Veteran gets new headstone after I-Team report

New grave marker at Maine Veterans' Cemetery in Augusta

AUGUSTA (WGME) --The I-Team is getting results for the family of a Maine veteran.

Grieving loved ones contacted us about a grave mistake at the Maine Veterans' Cemetery in Augusta.

As we first reported in July, Donna Blake brought us to the place where her boyfriend of more than two decades is buried.

[I-Team: Maine veteran buried with incorrect grave marker]

"I was very upset," Blake said.

The grave marker for Army veteran William Ralph Kincaid was wrong. The days of his birth and death were both off by 10 days.

Blake tried for more than a year to get it taken care of.

"It's really sad. It's hard enough for me to come here and just be here and to have it all wrong every time I come. It's just not right," Blake said.

After we brought the issue to the Maine Veterans' Cemetery, they ordered a new stone and just put it in place.

"She was pretty thankful you guys took the time to listen. It was a major thing for her. She and Billy had been together quite a while," said Kincaid's sister-in-law Janice Kincaid.

Donna Blake will never get to see the new grave marker. When the I-Team tried to call her to tell her the problem was fixed, we learned Blake died unexpectedly before the new grave marker arrived.

"We miss her around here that's for sure," Kincaid said.

We brought a picture of the new grave marker to the food pantry where she volunteered with her boyfriend's family.

"I definitely think she's smiling about that. That really meant a lot to her. It really bothered her; I know how happy she was when she got to talk to you guys. I don't know she'd be resting so easy if it wasn't fixed," Kincaid said.

The superintendent of the Maine Veterans' Cemetery told us the stones are provided by a federal government contractor and he's not sure how the mistake happen.

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