Airport Recovery – SFC William Travis Barker

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    Confirmed Mission: SFC William Travis Barker, U.S. Army MIA Korean War
    The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited by the family to participate in the airport recovery of this hero from the Korean war and accompany him to the funeral home in Killeen, Tx.

    Date/Time: Monday, August 13th, 2012 9:10am

    Location: Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Sgt Barker will be returned via an American Airlines flight.

    Directions: We will stage at the US Postal facility at ABIA.
    From TX 71, take the ABIA CARGO exit and turn south onto Spirit of Texas Dr. At the first stop sign, turn right onto Freight Lane. Stay left at the fork and continue to USPS facility parking lot, which is on the right at the dead end. Map link:

    7:45am – 8:15am Staging
    8:15am – Safety Briefing
    9:10am – Plane Arrival

    WX: Partly Cloudy, Lo – 76 Hi – 100

    Notes: We will stage at ABIA on Monday the 13th, Please BE ON TIME. Arrive fed, fueled, and hydrated. Bring a bottle of water for yourself and one for a friend. Sun block is recommended. The LEO escorted procession will proceed to Killeen Tx, and most likely travel along the toll road of SH 130. All vehs will be subject to tolls charged. There are no planned stops enroute.
    Once we arrive at the funeral home in Killeen, we will come under the direction of the CenTex Ride Captain.

    Ride Captain: Terry Ayers 925-6101
    Asst. Ride Captain: TBD

    Flag Wrangler: N/A

    It is a distinct honor to be invited to accompany this Korean War Veteran who gave everything to fight for freedom. Please make plans to attend and stand tall for SFC Barker.


    The following was provided by the Korean War Project,
    Dallas, Texas. Founded 1979.

    SFC WILLIAM TRAVIS BARKER, Medical Detachment, 503rd Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, 155-mm Howitzers, U.S. Army was taken Prisoner of War while tending his wounded comrades during the Battle of the Ch’ongch’on River in North Korea on December 1, 1950. SFC Barker died on February 18, 1951 at the age of 22. His death is listed as hostile while a Prisoner of War. His remains were not identified until June 30, 2012 using DNA provided by his family. SFC Barker was born June 2, 1929. His place of enlistment was Rockwall County, Texas.


    Crazy Horse ready to stand tall and proud for this hero.


    Glad I got to see y'all from inside the fence at ABIA. Y'all done real good out there today, as always.


    SFC Barker is home. Thank you Patriot Guard Riders for the outstanding job each and everyone of you did to made today's mission a success. Thanks as always to PGR Ride Captain Andy "Andyman" Lough for his assistance on the secure side of the fence. Andyman passed along a compliment from ABIA Flight Side Operations about our conduct and cooperation. For that all of you deserve the credit. There were thirty-one PGR riders in procession including two new members and one active duty soldier from Ft. Hood. CenTex PGR had a well attended very impressive flag line in place to honor SFC Barker upon arrival.


    I have a request from Thomas Roberts, the Funeral Director of Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Killeen. If you have pictures of today's mission he would appreciate very much if you would share those photos with him.
    Email your photos to

    Thanks, Terry

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