Clermont County bids farewell to a local hero killed in Afghanistan

July 23rd, 2009    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

Clermont County lost a hero Wednesday, July 8 and laid him to rest Friday, July 17.

Residents from around the county shared in the sorrow with the family of U.S. Army Specialist E-4 Gregory James Missman, 36.

Spec. Missman died of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms fire. He was serving with the 4th Infantry Division, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 704th Brigade Support Battalion in Jalalabad, Afghanistan when the attack occurred.

A hearse carrying the body of Spec. Greg Missman was followed by family members and friends to his final resting place in Mt. Moriah Cemetery, on Friday, July 17.
His body was accompanied from Lunken Airport Wednesday, July 15 by the Patriot Guard Riders and an entourage of family, friends and county officials. Residents waving flags were posted along the processional route which was lined with yellow ribbons and flags.

The procession started at the airport and ended at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home in Amelia. The processional drove past the Stuart G. Luginbuhl American Legion Post 72, in Mt. Carmel, where Missman had been a member. It also passed Amelia High School, where he graduated in 1993.

A public visitation was held at Union Township Community Center Thursday, July 16. Members of the Patriot Guard kept vigil over the building where Missman's body lay as hundreds of residents paid their respects.

Missman's brother, Mike Missman, told reporters that his brother had always been there for him and that he was a great role model.

His father, Jim Missman, shared his grief and said that the hardest moments were times when he was alone with his thoughts.

A funeral was held Friday, July 17, at Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church with graveside services following at Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

The procession through the cemetery was led by an honor guard and Missman was laid to rest with full military honors.

Missman had served for 11 years in the military and had just recently reenlisted. His unit was sent to Afghanistan in June 2009. This was his first tour of duty to the Middle East.

Missman is survived by one son, Jack, 4; his mother, Donna Missman Turner; his father, James Missman; one brother, Michael; one step sister, Dawn Waggoner; his grandmother, Helen Schluter; his ex-wife, Brooke Missman Elkin and his father's fiance, Patricia Adams.

Memorials may be made in his honor to Stuart G. Luginbuhl American Legion Post 72, Old State Route 74, Mt. Carmel, Ohio 45244.
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