Bennie Mills Jr., SMSgt USAF (ret), Lockhart, TX, 02 SEP 2009

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    Final Itinerary – Bennie Mills, veteran, USAF

    The family of SMSgt Bennie Mills has invited the PGR to attend his funeral services. Mr. Mills joined the US Navy during WW II and served in the Pacific theater. He joined the Air Force after WW II, where he spent the rest of his career, including multiple tours in Vietnam.

    Date/Time: Wednesday, 2 September 2009. Service scheduled to begin at 1300 hrs (1 pm)

    Location: Lockhart Municipal Burial Park, 272 Cemetery St., Lockhart, Texas 78644

    Austin Staging: Kreuz Market, 619 N. Colorado, Lockhart, TX 78644

    Directions: Kreuz Market BBQ restaurant is on the west side of US 183, 21 miles south of the intersection with Hwy 71. Traveling southbound on US 183 from Austin, Kreuz's is on the right past the first traffic light in Lockhart and BEFORE the bridge. Cemetery is one block away, just across 183. Map link:

    1200-1230 staging at Kreuz
    1230 mission and safety briefing
    1235 KSU for the short ride over to the cemetery
    1245 flag line in place.

    Wx: Partly cloudy, high of 99. Come hydrated and bring drinking water. Sunblock is highly recommended.

    Notes: There will be no procession from the funeral home, this is a graveside only mission. Flag line in place NLT 1245, but possibly a few minutes earlier. As always, Semper Gumby.

    Ride Captain: Andy "Andyman" Lough, 512-441-9297,
    Flag Wrangler: Mark Wells

    Please make plans to stand tall and silent in honor of Mr. Mills long and courageous service to our country.


    Please stand tall for me as this Great American Hero is taking his final journey as I will not be able to make the mission
    Prayers and thoughts for SMSgt Mills and his family..I will be there in spirit…


    Everyone – Thank you very much for all you did to help honor Bennie today, including those who were with us in spirit. It was a very busy day for Austin and Centex PGR members and I think Bennie's family understood that. They were overwhelmed by your presence. Its a priviledge to ride with you. Allow me to echo Andy's thanx to all flag wranglers.


    Great turnout today to Honor SMSgt Mills.
    Kudos to the Honors team, you guys did an awesome job.
    And Thanks to all of our Centex brothers for their long day!!


    Bennie Mills, what an awesome family he has. In today's 9-6-09 (Sunday) edition of the Austin American Statesman is the obituary for SMSGT Mills. The Patriot Guard is recognized for participating in his graveside service. The link should take you to it. There's a "sign the guestbook" link above the obituary. I signed the book but be aware comments are not posted until they have been reviewed for proper content.



    Thanks for the link, Terry,


    Thanks for posting the link, Terrissimo.


    By the way, T. Love your profile pic, man.


    From Gerry (tripod)…..Riders – Dion Mills, Bennie's son (retired USAF), sent this note thanking you for honoring Bennie at his final resting place in Lockhart Tx on 2 Sep 09. Bennie will indeed be missed by his many friends, comrades in arms, and family.

    “One behalf of my family, please thank the members of the PGR who attended and served as the honor guard for my father’s graveside service. From the formation of flags to the presentation of the flag, the entire service was more than we ever could have expected. Being a former commander and having attended too many of these type of events, I can tell you the PGR brought a personal and professional touch to my father’s service that could not be duplicated anywhere, including Arlington. As we said goodbye to our father, my family and I felt surrounded by an extended family who understood and shared the meaning of honor, service, integrity and family. Once again, thank-you.
    Dee Mills and family”

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