Shaw Airmen to pay tribute, perform flyover for historic Camden Revolutionary War burials

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U.S. Airmen from various units and a pilot from the 79th Fighter Squadron assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base will participate in a vigil and are scheduled to perform a flyover during the multi-day Camden Burials event honoring 14 Revolutionary War soldiers in Camden, S.C., from April 20 to 22.

According to the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust, twelve American and two British soldiers’ remains were uncovered by archaeologists at the Camden Battlefield and Longleaf Pine Reserve in Camden, S.C. and have been identified as casualties of the Battle of Camden.

Shaw’s participation will contribute to the overall planned memorial activities in honor of the soldiers, working alongside U.S. and British military services, as well as civilian agencies.

On Thursday, April 20, the soldiers' remains will be transported through Columbia, S.C. to the Kershaw Cornwallis House in Camden. The bodies will lie in repose until Saturday, April 22. During this time, nine Airmen from Shaw will stand vigil for the soldiers' remains.

On Saturday, April 22, the soldiers will be transported in horse-drawn caissons to Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Camden. During the funeral, a Shaw pilot assigned to the 79th Fighter Squadron “Tigers” is scheduled to perform an F-16CM Fighting Falcon flyover. After the memorial service, the soldiers will be reinterred in their original burial locations with full honors.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit