Clermont County residents rally around family of solider killed in Afghanistan

Army Specialist Greg Missman
Army Specialist Greg Missman

By Sara Gouedy - email | bio

CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - For the third time, volunteers at the Yellow Ribbon Support Center gathered together to make ribbons to blanket Clermont County for a fallen serviceman and hero. Army Specialist Greg Missman died Wednesday after an I-E-D attack in Afghanistan.

He was just 36 years old. Across the county, flags are also flying at half staff.

"It's always there, always on the tip of your tongue, and you always want to mention the child's name," says Yellow Ribbon Support Center volunteer Jeanie Cohee. She traveled to the center from Maryland to volunteer at the center and happened to be at the center when volunteers found out the news. She also lost a son to the fighting in Afghanistan seven years ago.  On Thursday, she was one of many who made ribbons at the center.

"It takes different people different things to get over it, and you never really get over it, but you learn to deal with it," says Cohee.

Greg Missman was a graduate of Amelia High School. He went to Afghanistan one month ago. His name and photo were placed in the newsletter of the American Legion Post #77 in Mt. Carmel, OH. Friends say this was MIssman's second stint in the military and that he returns home to Clermont County a hero.

"You don't expect something like this. You know, they come in, they come over, and then, they don't come home," says the American Legion's Linda Stith. She told FOX19 the Missman family had been very active at the American Legion Post. Missman's father Jim had once served as post commander.

On Thursday, most of Greg Missman's immediate family traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Dover, DL.

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