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WWII VETERAN WILL BE 1ST TO REST IN PEACE AT CEMETERY

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The first veteran to be buried in the "Arlington of the West," the new veterans' cemetery at Camp Williams, will be the late William Acton, a Blanding man who served in World War II and the Korean War.

The cremated remains of Acton, who joined the Navy in 1941 at the age of 17, will be buried Monday morning.He was assigned to the ship Salt Lake City, and as a world-class championship diver, he was temporarily assigned to shore duty in Hawaii in a Navy recreation project. He witnessed the Japanese bombing of the American naval base at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

During the following war years, Acton participated in seven major sea battles, rising from the rank of seaman to boatswain's mate first class.

"Though he came through 30 years of active and reserve service without a scratch, his last few months of life were spent fighting the onslaught of cancer," said George L. Carey, a vice chairman of the Utah Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Acton died June 1, 1990, just four days before the dedication of the new cemetery. "His last request was that his ashes rest at Utah's `Arlington of the West,' " Carey said.

The veteran was cremated, but following his wishes, his ashes will be interred at the cemetery. Later that day, two other veterans also will be buried there.

Services at the new Veterans Memorial Park - which is located at the north end of Camp Williams - will be under the direction of Veterans Administration Chaplain Boyd Winterton, starting at 10 a.m. Military honors will include rifle salutes by major veterans organizations.