Last serving Vietnam War veteran in SC National Guard retires

U.S. Army Warrant Officer Eric Seymore, Nov. 1971 (Source: CW5 Eric Seymore)
U.S. Army Warrant Officer Eric Seymore, Nov. 1971 (Source: CW5 Eric Seymore)

After nearly 44 years of military service, including duty in Vietnam, the last serving Vietnam War veteran in the South Carolina Army National Guard is retiring.  A retirement ceremony is Sunday for Chief Warrant Officer Eric Seymore.

Seymore began his military career in 1970, after Basic Combat Training at Fort Polk, La.  and attended flight school at Fort Rucker, Ala.  In 1971, he flew the UH-1H (Huey) helicopter for the 114th Assault Helicopter Company in Vinh Long, Vietnam. There he flew more than 900 combat hours.

After completing his combat tour, he joined the S.C. Army National Guard in 1972 in St. Mathews, S.C.  Seymore has flown 16 models of seven different airframes during his aviation career, including the UH-1H (Huey), OH-58 (Kiowa), AH-1G (Cobra), AH-64A (Apache) and UH-72A (Lakota).

Seymore's last job assignment was as the state's Command Chief Warrant Officer, and is the highest ranking warrant officer in the S.C. National Guard.   During his military service, he earned many awards and decorations which include the Bronze Star, Air Medal with 21 device, Army Commendation Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medals with 2 Bronze stars, Vietnam Service Medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with /60 DEV.

"We bid farewell to a dedicated professional who has given so much in service to our state and nation," said Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston, Jr., The Adjutant General for S.C.  "Chief Seymore's retirement is a milestone in our organization's history, as the last Vietnam War veteran in our ranks. He represents a generation who has lived through turbulence and triumph, and taught each new generation of Soldiers to overcome challenges and persevere."

Seymore has been married to Peggy for more than 39 years. They reside in  Easley, S.C.  They have two sons, Capt. W. Eric Seymore and 1st Lt. Andrew Seymore who also serve in the S.C. Army National Guard.

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