Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral and interment services for CAPT Robert Hoke Hartzell, Sr. CAPT Hartzel served 32 years in the US Navy, including over seven years foreign conflict deployment to Korea and Vietnam. He had an illustrious military career, receiving many commendations and awards including the Bronze Star. See his obituary for more details.
9:30 – 9:50 am – Staging
9:50 am – Briefing
10:00 am – Flag line
Wx: High 43 F, partly cloudy
Notes: After the start of the funeral service we will strike the flag line and depart quietly. Be advised a visitation is scheduled prior to the start of the service. Family and friends will be arriving during our staging period. Interment will take place at 1 pm the same day at CTSVC in Killeen. Centex PGR has been invited to participate.
Eight Patriot Guard Riders manned the flag line for Captain Hartzell. Three riders braved the cold weather and rode their bikes. Captain Hartzell’s family all came out and shook everyone’s hand and expressed their appreciation for us being in attendance. Mrs. Hartzell told us that her husband rode motorcycles until he was 87; on a personal note, I don’t know many Navy or Marine pilots that don’t ride motorcycles. This was a very satisfying mission.