Col Henry Lee Graves, Jr., 75, USAF (Ret), Vietnam veteran, Round Rock, TX, 12 Jun 2021

Austin Patriot Guard Riders Forums Completed Missions Col Henry Lee Graves, Jr., 75, USAF (Ret), Vietnam veteran, Round Rock, TX, 12 Jun 2021

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    Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the memorial service for Col Henry Lee Graves, Jr.  Col Graves served 26 years in the USAF, 1969 – 1995, including deployment to the Vietnam war.  His final assignment was as base commander at Bergstrom AFB in Austin, Colonel Lee Graves turned out the lights and gave the keys to the City of Austin for the future home of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.  The end of an era, the 924th Fighter Group  “Outlaws” left the building.

    An obituary has not yet been posted.

    Date/Time: Saturday, 12 June 2021. Funeral service begins at 2 pm, with a flyover salute at 3 pm.

    Location: St Philips United Methodist Church, 16321 Great Oaks Drive, Round Rock, TX 78681.
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    12:50 – 1:20 pm – Staging
    1:20 pm – Briefing
    1:30 pm – Flag line

    Wx: Partly cloudy. High around 90F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph

    Notes: This is a flag line only mission.  After the start of the service we will strike the flag line and depart quietly.

    Ride Captain: Mark Wells,, 512-470-0380
    Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson

    Please attend to honor this airman’s long and faithful service to our country.


    A typically warm summer afternoon for the 10 patriots who stood for Col Graves. It was a well attended service, and we received many appreciative comments from family and friends.

    Thank you again, Don, for doing a nice job of staking the flags in advance and leaving them in place for the fly over salute at the conclusion of the service.

    RIP, Col Lee Graves. May God receive you with open arms and bring comfort to your family.

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