Douglas A. Rush, 74, US Navy/Vietnam veteran, Pflugerville, TX, 21 Jul 2021

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    Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the interment service for Mr. Douglas Alan Rush. Mr. Rush served in the US Navy for four years, including deployment to Vietnam. He was in the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Four (HS-4).  From 1968 through the spring of 1970, the Black Knights of HS-4 participated in the capsule recoveries of Apollo missions 8, 10, 11, 12, and 13.  He was discharged as an Aviation Machinists Mate.

    More about his life can be read here:

    Date/Time: Wednesday, 21 July 2021.  Graveside service begins at 2 pm.

    Location: Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery, 14501 N Interstate Hwy 35, Pflugerville, TX 78660.  We will stage at the funeral home.
    Map link:

    1:20 – 1:40 pm – Staging
    1:40 pm – Briefing and relocation to the grave site.
    1:55 pm – Flag line for the duration of the interment service.

    Wx: Scattered thunderstorms. High 86F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

    Notes: Bring a bottle of water for yourself and one for a friend.  This is a flag line only for the interment service.

    Ride Captain: Jim Callison,, (907) 321-3854
    Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson

    Please attend to honor this sailor’s service to our nation.


    We had 8 PGR Riders stand in honor of Mr. Doug Rush today. It was a small area we had for the service with quite a few family and friends in attendance, so our group flanked the gathered attendees under some shade trees and two of us were up in front with the US Navy flag and Old Glory. Don did an outstanding job of arranging a welcoming array of static flags that really made a statement. After the service ended, Doug’s urn was placed in a vault by his family and I got to speak with most of them. I presented our card of condolences to his wife…they we’re all so thankful for our presence today to honor Doug’s memory. Thank you all who took time out of your day to stand tall for Mr. Rush. Godspeed and rest in peace Doug, and thank you for your service!

    Jimmy Callison, R/C

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