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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A military veteran’s dying wish was granted on Wednesday morning. Robert Davenport died more than two weeks ago, losing his battle with lung cancer. Special funeral services were held for him, with many total strangers in attendance.

While the 68-year-old veteran was being treated at Methodist Richardson Medical Center, the health care workers who helped him learned about his final wish — to be buried at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. He died on October 31.

Photo of U.S. Air Force veteran Robert Davenport. (credit: Texas Dept. of Public Safety)

U.S. Air Force veteran Robert Davenport (credit: Texas Department of Public Safety)

However, without any known family or friends, the money for the service simply was not available. Davenport’s nurses took it upon themselves to raise money for the funeral expenses — nearly $2,000 — as a way of saying thank you for his years of military service.

“He served our country and served it well,” explained nurse manager Kelly Spatz, “and we have to protect those people that are making sure our rights are protected.”

Davenport was laid to rest among the many who proudly served our country. Several nurses and other veterans arrived to pay their respects — all strangers. The mourners never met Davenport, but he spoke to them through his life’s deeds.

Patriot Guards plan to do genealogy research on Davenport in order to locate a next of kin.

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