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Remains of 6 unclaimed SC vets laid to rest

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Paying last respects to those almost forgotten, the remains of 6 unclaimed South Carolina veterans were laid to rest on Thursday.

The Missing in America Project, along with the VFW, American Legion and Patriot Guard Riders escorted the remains from Greenville to Fort Jackson National Cemetery. 

"This is countrywide, it's all across the United States," said Steven Goulet from the American Legion.

"As a veteran it saddens me. It saddens me that anyone would be left out there unclaimed, and not receive a decent burial."

Sam Bowers from the Department of Juvenile Justice attended the service with his 6-year-old son.

"I wanted my son to see there are people that deserve and demand our respect and the respect of those in the community," Bowers said.

"They served that flag that's flying at half staff, they served all of us who are standing here. They made it possible for my son to grow up in the world he'll grow up in."

Bowers was also representing the Department of Juvenile Justice. His students designed and built the 6 urns used in the service.

Although none of the attendees knew the men who died, they shared a common bond that drew tears.

"We know these guys. They're our fellow brothers. That's all we need to know about these people. If they served their country, they're our brothers," said Dale Moss, a Vietnam Veteran and member of the American Legion.

"Stop and give 30 seconds of thought. Remember them. They deserve that much."

Their names are:

  • Electronic Technician Nuclear Third Class John G. Warner US Navy
  • Specialist Fifth Class Tommy L. Hall US Army
  • Seaman Terry L. Wilkins US Navy
  • Corporal Marvin T. Neal US Marine Corps
  • Private Bobby E. Gray US Army
  • Seaman First Class Lewis F. LeMaster US Navy

The Missing in America Project is looking for volunteers. If you'd like to help veterans get their last respects, click here.

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