This mission info is posted here for the reference of any Austin riders who wish to attend this San Antonio mission. We do not at this time have an Austin staging, so please proceed to the SA staging on your own to honor SSG Bowen's ultimate sacrifice.
The parents of Staff Sgt Clayton P. Bowen, U.S. Army, 29, of San Antonio, Texas, have requested the presence of the PGR at their son's funeral services on Friday, 28 Aug 2009.
SSgt Bowen was Killed In Action on Tuesday, Aug. 18 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska. Also killed was Pfc. Morris L. Walker, 23, of Chapel Hill, N.C. SSgt Bowen was a graduate of Churchill High School in San Antonio.
Funeral services will be held in their entirety at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery Shelter #4 with full military honors, including caisson. Please be ready to follow instructions about holding the flags as the horses approach.
SSgt Bowen's Mother has requested that as many PGR motorcycles as possible ride in the procession from the funeral home to the cemetery. We will then form a flag line at Shelter #4. Be prepared for a longer-than-usual ceremony at the cemetery.
Date: Friday, 28 August 2009
Staging: 1000 Hrs at: Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 N Loop 1604 E (on the southeast corner w/ Gold Canyon Dr).
Map Link: tinyurl.com/l82cw8
Safety Briefing: 1015 Hrs
KSU: 1030 Hrs (Kick Stands Up)
Services at Shelter #4: 1100 Hrs (scheduled)
If you cannot join us at the Funeral home for the procession, go directly to Shelter #4. As always, please respect the other cemetery visitors by keeping your exhaust noise to a minimum.
Map Link: tinyurl.com/nv7d9x
Ride Captain: "Bumblebee" George Briscoe (210) 269-6410 (Cell)
Assistant RC: Jimmy Dixon
Flag Truck: Shannon Lynde & Paula "Bubbles" Johnson
Weather forecast: Sunny & HOT in the 90s. Use sunblock & HYDRATE.
Express-News article about SSgt Bowen: tinyurl.com/mjtb7r
Please join us as we pay tribute to this American hero and his family. As always, all groups, bikes and cages (cars) are welcome. Remember to remain "Semper Gumby" (Always Flexible).