A representative from Caughman-Harman Funeral Home in Chapin informed the community of a Midlands veteran who has passed away, with no family to claim him.
“It is my honor to use the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Program to give this Veteran that final salute. I am reaching out once again asking that you (the public) help us serve as family for this previously Unclaimed Veteran,” the announcement read.
The 75-year-old veteran is Petty Officer Third Class James Miske, who was born in Chicago. According to Caughman-Harman’s announcement, Miske was not homeless at the time of his death, but he had no family to help take care of his final arrangements. The Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Program serves to insure every unclaimed veteran is provided with their final salute.
Miske was born in Chicago, and served in the United States Navy Active Duty from 1965 to 1967. He was assigned to Aviation Administration Maintenance before transferring into the Naval Reserves. Miske served in the Vietnam war, receiving a National Defense Service Medal, and a Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star.
A service with military honors for Miske will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Fort Jackson National Cemetery. A procession will begin at 9:30, leaving from Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Escorts will be provided by the Richland County Sheriffs Office and the Patriot Guard Riders.
Any questions regarding to service can be directed to William Lynch at 803-968-4237.