CPT Paul W. Pena, 27, KIA, US Army, 28 JAN 2010, San Marcos, TX

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    Final Itinerary – CPT Paul Pena Memorial Service, San Marcos

    CPT Paul Pena, 27, of San Marcos, Texas, died 19 January in Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. He was a graduate of San Marcos Baptist Academy and the United States Military Academy at West Point.

    Date/Time: Thursday, 28 January 2010. Service scheduled to begin at 1900 hrs (7:00 pm).

    Location: San Marcos Baptist Academy, 2801 Ranch Road 12, San Marcos, TX. We will stage at the school. See directions for specifics. Map link: tinyurl.com/San-Marcos-Baptist-Academy

    Directions: Traveling NW on RR 12 from San Marcos, the entrance to the San Marcos Baptist Academy is on the left about 1.5 miles after leaving the city. The GPS coordinates of the entrance are: 29deg 54’ 11.36” N and 97deg 59’ 29.83” W. Proceed up the winding road approx. 3/4 miles to the 4-way intersection. Turn left and proceed to the Maintenance Bldg, where we will stage.

    1500-1800 hrs staging time (3:00 pm – 6:00 pm). See Notes below for explanation.
    1800 hrs briefing
    1815 hrs flag line in place.

    Wx: Windy with showers and thunderstorms likely. High 67, low 41 deg F, winds 15 – 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Bring drinking water, a small non-perishable food ration, and gear appropriate for the conditions. Paved parking is limited, so if on two wheels a kickstand pad is highly recommended, as ground conditions may be soft. As always, Semper Gumby (remain flexible).

    Early Flag Line: CPT Pena's family plans to arrive at approx. 1615 hrs and would like a flag line at that time. Riders who wish to stand the early flag line please be at the staging no later than 1545 hrs (3:45 pm) for the briefing.

    2nd Flag Line: Flag line will be re-established at 1815 hrs until the start of the service, after which the mission is complete. There is no procession.

    Ride Captain: John (TC) Wiley, 325-388-4698 Home; 325-423-2220 Cell; johnboy@281.com
    Flag Wrangler: Mark Wells

    CPT Pena served his country with distinction during his short life and gave up everything on this earth in doing so. Our Mission is to honor this fallen soldier and pay respects to his family. Stand tall and silent as we salute this American Hero.


    Thoughts & Prayers inbound From My Family to the Family of Captain Paul W. Pena . May He Forever Be A Hero in Your Heart, Because to Us, He Is A Hero In Our Heart. God Bless and Godspeed, Third Star To The Left.


    im up and at it again,lets circle this hero with all our hearts


    Here is a link to Captain Pena's thread on National.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
    Standing by.


    Standing by to stand tall for this American hero!


    It would be an honor to be there for a fallen brother. God Speed


    Will be there.

    Although his "jumps" in life may have been tough – all his landings in eternity will be soft.

    Proud to stand tall for a fallen paratrooper.


    My Prayers for CPT. Pena's familly for the service of this HERO. I will try to make this ride.


    May St. George, St.Joan of Arc and St. Sebastian, patron saints to all soldiers guide him to the everlasting throne of our Lord.


    Be Advised that the funeral and interment portion of this mission in San Antonio on Friday is a stand down. Below is a portion of the notification from San Antonio PGR:
    Ms. Pena is very, very appreciative of our participation in the recovery mission on Tuesday and wants us for the memorial in San Marcos on Thursday. However, the last week and a half, involving the loss of her only child, has understandably been very overwhelming for her.

    The funeral and interment will have a large attendance. She has asked us to not participate on Friday, so that the funeral and the cemetery services can be smaller in scope for the family and friends of Captain Pena..

    We will honor her request.

    Again, we are still on for Thursday in San Marcos. Please see top of this thread for details.

    Thank you for all you do for our fallen warriors.

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    Once again I find myself so proud of the Patriot Guard Members. Weather wise, the Memorial for Capt. Paul Pena in San Marcos today had it's "Semper Gumby" status right up to the last minute. The members were there regardless of what the weather was going to throw their way, and the Weather was iffy right up to the last minute, but it held. Thank you to all who made this mission today, either in body or in spirit….You do make a difference.
    I hope all of you made it home safe and sound.


    TC received this thank you note from the San Marcos Baptist Academy, where Captain Pena attended high school and where the memorial service was held. If you click the image it should open up an enlarged version which is readable.

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