The men and women who fought for the nation at times of war and other conflicts deserve not only the admiration but also the respect from the people at that time that they decided to join and risk their lives for the people, up to the time when the left this world. Tributes and memorials were usually given to them as a way of thanking their service. When World War II veteran David Saunders died, his family was appalled to know that his remains were used in a pay-per-view dissection event.

War Veteran

David Saunders was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in December 1922. According to National WWII Museum, his father worked as a tugboat captain on the Mississippi River. Saunders had a wonderful childhood in his place of birth as he grew up with his large extended family. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, he and six other guys were dove hunting, and one of the guys’ wives called crying and told them that the Japanese had attacked. Saunders’ first words upon hearing the news were, as he recalled, “There goes my membership to the dove hunting club,” knowing that he would be sent to war.

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. A small boat rescues a seaman from the 31,800-ton USS West Virginia burning in the foreground. (Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Later on, he came across his friend who should have been in the military, and he told him that the Merchant Marines had an opportunity for higher pay. Wanting to help his mother, who was struggling at that time, he thought of joining the Merchant Marines instead. Soon, he reported to the Orange Street Wharf in New Orleans, and on February 1, 1943, he boarded the ship SS May Brothers. In 1944, he was posted in the Pacific Theater, where he fought and got injured by the Japanese troops in the Philippines. After World War II, he also became part of the Korean War, braving his way yet again, this time to help fight communism.

Final Act of Patriotism

Saunders survived the wars and was respected and admired in his community for his contributions at times of war. The atrocities, however, did not happen until he died in August 2021. He was one of the more than a million people who died in the US from the complications of COVID-19. He was 98 when he passed. Before he died, he wished for his body to be donated for scientific research as an act of patriotism. And so, when he died, his remains were given to Med Ed Labs, a for-profit company in Las Vegas that works with medical device companies for surgical and medical research, education, and training.