Local veterans join crowd at Beaufort ceremony
by The Press and Standard | May 10, 2019 5:00 am
Last Updated: May 8, 2019 at 1:35 pm
Over 500 people attended the service for three servicemen from Colleton County, whose remains were not claimed, who were laid to rest at the Beaufort National Cemetery on Wednesday April 24. The veterans are:
• Frank J. Remeikis, USA, World War II, Oct. 17, 1917-Feb. 27, 2000
• Wesley Allen Jones, USN, Vietnam, April 19, 1953-March 5, 2007
• Walter Boyd Hall, USA, Vietnam, April 3, 1950-Aug. 24, 2012
National cemeteries are places where many veterans of military service are interred.
Several states across the nation have organized a project called Missing in America. The Missing in America Project has located and interred more than 3,700 veterans nationwide. The mission is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed remains of American veterans.
Several veterans service organizations from Beaufort County and the Patriot Riders attended the ceremony. Louis Brown, representative of the Beaufort National Cemetery, contacted the Colleton County Veterans Affairs office to invite local veterans to attend the service. Brown, Col. Kenneth Smith (Ret.) and Marty Ryan organized the project.
“We were truly in awe of the support provided by the Beaufort local community and various veterans’ groups,” Ryan said. “We expected maybe 50 people attending, not the 500-plus who were there.
DAV Strickland Chapter 55 Commander Johnny Holmes, chairman of the Colleton County Veterans Council; American Legion Post 93 Captain John Wallace; Bill Proctor of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12102; and others from Colleton County attended the memorial service to pay their respects to their fellow comrades.
“We would like to thank the local veterans service organizations, Mr. Louis Brown, and a special thank you to Col. Kenneth Smith (Ret.) for coordinating this memorial service to provide a proper burial to honor these men for their service,” said Janet Smith, Colleton County Veterans Affairs officer.
Photo by PIERI HAYES, editor, Del Webb Residents News