Is Naval Veteran PN1 Eva Binns the first African-American Female Veteran to have her remains unclaimed? The longest in time to have remains unclaimed, is she the first female veteran in Philadelphia to go unclaimed, the first unclaimed female veteran to be interred in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, or is there another story here?
Her accomplishments in a pre-civil rights era were stunning. Eva’s story is complex, intriguing and inspiring. However, there are still many questions that needs to be answered. Such as we need an explanation why it took three years for her remains to be buried?
There is almost no information available publicly about her final years and many of my findings lead me to more questions. The apartment complex she lived prior to passing is completely vacant, upon her passing her remains went unclaimed and she was interred three years later with 16 other unclaimed veterans on March 30, 2017 (Foster, 2017).
Pvt. Malcolm Drummond was interred at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, PA (VA.gov, 2018), and listed as one of the “Lonely 17…U.S. veterans whose remains went unclaimed by family members and sat in a morgue in Philadelphia for several years (Foster, 2017)”. Like many Malcolm Drummonds throughout world history – his life seems anything but “lonely”. Was Pvt. Malcolm Drummond also the Mr. Malcolm Drummond the community, and volunteering, leader of Philadelphia who left a “legacy” (Lin, 2013) described in several newspaper articles? Or, are these two different people who both served their country in different ways?
Either way, both of their life stories are important to document and demonstrates that the Project NAGA®, Inc. Bridge Model™ is effective at telling the life stories of both civilian and military trailblazers. There is one interesting fact of this research. During the last 800 years, if your name was Malcolm Drummond then, throughout history you probably lived a very colorful and exciting life. And the approach of this life story is to honor Pvt. Malcolm Drummond by telling the history of his name and comparing his accomplishments to other Malcolm Drummonds during the last eight centuries.
For unknown reasons, as a baby, Sgt. Frank Peter Chervoitch was abandoned by his parents and seems to have lived his entire childhood in a Depression-era orphanage from the late 1920s until the mid-1940s. Following his hugely successful tour in the United States Army, he moved back to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and appears to have no criminal record his entire life – not even a parking ticket. Sadly, after his death, Sgt. Frank Peter Chervoitch’s remains went unclaimed for years (Foster, 2017) , and while his body was in the morgue, his house was listed for sheriff’s auction (Philly.com Marketplace Legal Notices, 2015).
Unfortunately, when he was interred along with 16 other unclaimed veterans, the story attracted almost zero Likes/Shares/Comments, and only about 50 people attended the ceremony (Foster, 2017). Let us ensure the entire country knows the story of Sgt. Frank Peter Chervoitch. Please Like/Comment/Share: To show we have not forgotten Sgt. Frank Peter Chervoitch and his legacy.
Frank’s life story is one of overcoming all odds to have a prosperous tour in the Army, and winning the top cook award at the Army Cooks Course. There are still many questions that need to be answered, but we are only documenting his life story based on current available information. He appears to have been a model citizen his entire life. He took a job after leaving the orphanage in the mid-1940s and then enlisted in the U.S. Army. After basic training, he went to the Army’s culinary school and was the winner of the top cooking award in 1947 (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 1947).
Moving forward, researching the remaining unclaimed veterans interred with PN1 Eva Binns, Sgt. Frank Peter Chervoitch, and Pvt. Malcolm Drummond is currently the joint project of a team of colleges. This Initiative is called Flowers for Eva™. The goals are to identify 17 unclaimed veterans correctly, document their life stories, permanently honor these veterans, conduct a review of educational materials for future caregivers, and continue to integrate the lessons learned into all aspects of the education systems. We believe accomplishing these goals will help solve the dual healthcare crisis of elderly veterans dying alone and his or her remains going unclaimed.