A decorated World War II veteran brutally murdered in the alley where he lived will receive a full military burial, officials said.

"We want to make sure he (receives) the dignity and respect he showed his country when he served in World War II," Joseph Valenti, director of the state Veterans Services homeless program, said Wednesday of Louis Pozyck, 73.Pozyck, described as a congenial man who wore an oversized trench coat and was known in Lowell as "Shopping Cart Louie," was beaten and repeatedly stabbed Sunday night, allegedly by three teenagers who found him sleeping among trash barrels in the alley where he lived, police said.

Pozyck - a former second lieutenant in the U.S. Army shot by German soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge - died with a broken neck, a fractured skull and 14 stab wounds.