COLUMBIA - The South Carolina National Guard is honoring its final Vietnam War veteran, who is retiring after 43 years of service.

The Guard said it will hold a ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday for Chief Warrant Officer Eric Seymore at the Adjutant General's Building auditorium in Columbia.

Seymore started his military career in 1970, attending flight school. He flew helicopters for the 114th Assault Helicopter Company in Vietnam and joined the South Carolina Army National Guard in 1972 in St. Matthews.

Seymore has flown 16 different aircraft during his service. He retires as the state's Command Chief Warrant Officer.

Seymore lives in Easley and has two sons who also have served in the military.