Donations raised to give World War II veteran proper burial

An outpouring of community support will help the family of a World War II veteran give him the burial he deserves.

World War II veteran Calvin Harrison, 91, of Florence passed away last Thursday in his sleep following a long illness.

Before he died, his hospice counselor was working to get him recognition for his service and military benefits.

Lisa Hyatt, with Hospice Care of Tri County, was counseling Harrison.

Harrison, an African-American, volunteered to serve and never saw the recognition so many other veterans did.

Hyatt got Harrison veterans benefits to help with his medical expenses and then began working to get him local and state recognition for his service to our country.

"The fact that he was an African American man in World War II, and he wasn't drafted. He volunteered to serve his country. A country that was discriminating against him during that time yet he volunteered to serve it. To me that speaks so much," Hyatt told us in a December 2013 interview.

Harrison's funeral will be held at the Florence Baptist Temple at 11:30am Friday.

His burial will follow at the Florence National Cemetery.

Several veterans' groups, including PGR Patriot Guard Riders will attend to honor Harrison and his service.