Eric's Heroes: Honoring a vet more than 100 years after his death

Funeral for Civil War vet Zachariah M. Stucker. (Photo: KOMO News)

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. -- His name was Zachariah M. Stucker, and there is very little information about him.

He didn't marry. Had no children. There is nobody alive who remembers him.

We know that he served in the most hellish slaughter this country has ever seen: the Civil War.

And we know that for more than a hundred years, his remains weren't buried. He wasn't honored with a proper funeral.

Until now.

But, on a sunny day in Port Orchard, hundreds of people showed up to do right by Zachariah M. Stucker. And for that, they are all Eric’s Heroes.

Editor's Note: "Eric's Heroes" is a weekly series airing every Wednesday on KOMO News in the 6 p.m. newscast. If you have a good story about a good person doing good things for the right reasons, share it with Eric by sending an email to

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