FORT JACKSON, SC — The remains of eight unclaimed veterans from Lexington will be buried at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery with full military honors. The veterans' remains have been sitting on the shelves at coroners' offices in Lexington and Greenville counties for up to two years, waiting for a family member to claim them.
Since no next-of-kin have come forward, the remains will be buried as part of the Missing in America Project, with help from American Legion posts in Chapin and Greenville.
Veterans to be interred are:
• Specialist Fourth Class James R. White, U.S. Army, serving April 1973 to November 1974 • Specialist Fourth Class Terry R. Powell, U.S. Army, serving January 1970 to August 1971 • Private First Class Charles Woodham, U.S. Army, serving November 1943 to January 1946 • Private James D. Parker, U.S. Army, November 1968 to April 1970 Steel Worker Construction Recruit Loren F. Hurst, U.S. Navy, June 1974 to August 1975 • Airman Recruit Arthur S. Franklin, U.S. Navy, September 1972 to October 1972 • Airman Basic Gary A. Washington, U.S. Air Force, August 1976 • Airman First Class Roger P. Mixon, U.S. Air Force, June 1976 to June 1978
Chaplain Emeritus Tom Fincher will officiate the ceremony, and an Honor
Guard from Fort Gordon Georgia will provide full military honors. The ceremony is open to the public.
Kristy Eppley Rupon