Colonel John William Griffith, 80, USAF, Vietnam, Ret.

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    Colonel (Ret) John William Griffith, 80
    USAF, Vietnam Veteran

    The family of COL John William Griffith has requested the participation of the PGR in his funeral services. He joined the Air Force in 1951 and retired in 1975. His many assignments included Tactical Instructor at Lackland AFB, Squadron Commander of a Combat Flying Squadron (Antique Airlines) in the Vietnam War, Pilot, Instructor Pilot, and Flight Examiner of Single and Multi-engine Conventional and Jet Aircraft. He was decorated with numerous medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and Combat Readiness.

    Date: Friday, May 11, 2012

    Time: 10:00 AM

    Location: Bethany United Methodist Church
    10010 Anderson Mill Road
    Austin, Texas 78750
    Map Link:

    Directions: Traveling North on Hwy 183N (Research Blvd) take the Anderson Mill Rd. exit. Turn West (left) on Anderson Mill Road crossing under US 183. Continue for approx mile to Bethany United Methodist Church.


    Staging: 8:50 – 9:20 am

    Briefing: 9:20 am

    Flag Line: 9:30 am

    Weather: 90 % chance for rain. Afternoon High 75 degrees

    We will stage at the church. Arrive fed, fueled, and hydrated. Burial will be in Killeen at CTVC. There will not be a procession to Killeen. CenTex will handle graveside portion.

    Ride Captain: Terry Ayers 512-925-6101 (C) 512-251-5366

    COL John W Griffith, US Air Force, Retired, Vietnam Veteran

    Date: Friday, 11 May 12

    Staging Time: 1205

    Staging Location: The cul-de-sac between the Walk of Heroes and the Memorial Shelter at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery located on Hwy 195 just south of Killeen, TX.

    Briefing: 1210 – Once cleared, we will move to the shelter, set up the flags and await the arrival of COL Williams and his family.

    WX: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 75. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

    Note: Hydrate well the night before, bring water for yourself and a buddy and dress with consideration of the weather conditions.

    Please join us in honoring this Air Force Retiree and Vietnam Veteran for his selfless service to our Great Nation.

    Ride Captain: David "MarineMajor" Dunn; 512.818.2531;


    Thanks to Robert Stancil, Bob Binkley, and Glen Young for honoring Colonel Griffith at his funeral service in Austin. At the request of the family both motorcycles (Bob & Me) at the service rode escort behind the coach to Killeen. Thanks to the CenTex PGR for honoring him at the burial ceremony at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

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