CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday, Specialist Greg Missman officially returned home to Clermont County. His body received a hero's welcome at Nurre Funeral Home in Amelia.
"It just shows, you know, that small town spirit. We're always there for them, always," says Karen Campbell. She is one of the many who lined the streets of Clermont County to welcome Missman's body home.
A short time earlier, a plane carrying Greg's remains touched down at Lunken Airport. There, family members and servicemen awaited the 36-year-old. Greg Missman lost his life in Afghanistan just last week. From Lunken, a procession brought Greg and his family back to Clermont County.
"What more can you do for your country than give your life?" asked Doris Shephard. She too lined the procession route to welcome Greg back to the place where he'd spent most of his life.
This is the third service member to lose his life while fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan. It's a fact not lost on anyone in Clermont County.
"This community has just, you know, been through so much, and I've been to every one of them," says Karen Campbell of the processions and funerals for Matt Maupin, Tony Wojciechowski, and Greg Missman.
Missman had gone to Afghanistan last month. Family members and friends say this was his second stint in the military, and that he came from a family with a tradition of service to the county.
More on the arrangements for Spc. Missman are available here.