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9 unclaimed veterans to be interred Friday

From staff reports

Nine unclaimed veterans are being laid to rest Friday at Beaufort National Cemetery.

Wreaths Across America Beaufort invited citizens to come and stand for the veterans at a ceremony set for 11 a.m.

“Please join us,” the post read. “Our community and Wreaths Across America Beaufort family can be the family for, and say thank you to, 9 veteran heroes.”

According to a Facebook event created by Janice Shelton and Amvets Post 70, the veterans to be interred are:

– Calvin Forte, Jr., SP4 U.S. Army, Vietnam (Beaufort County)

– Kenneth Hopkins, SSGT USMC, Vietnam (Charleston County)

– Richard Sloane, SR U.S. Navy, Vietnam (Charleston County)

– Paul Graham, Jr., SP4 U.S. Army, Vietnam (Charleston County)

– Michael R. Heaton, SR U.S. Navy, Vietnam (Charleston County)

– Philip McDonnell, FR U.S. Navy, (Charleston County)

– Bruce E. Junkins, A1C U.S. Air Force, Vietnam (Charleston County)

– Raymond O. Herring, Jr., YN2 U.S. Navy (Charleston County)

– Pinkney L. Preston, SR U.S. Navy, Vietnam (Charleston County)

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