Jack Howell, 96, USMC/WWII veteran, Pflugerville, TX, 15 JUN 2021

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    Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the interment service for Mr. Jack Howell.  Mr. Howell enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 1943 and was a Marine Air Corps aviator. The aircraft was the SDB Dauntless dive bomber. His group was assigned to protect various islands with the Philippines Island chain.  He was awarded the following for his service: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Honorable Discharge Button.

    More about his life can be read here: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/pflugerville-tx/jack-howell-10228416

    Date/Time: Tuesday, 15 June 2021.  Visitation service begins at 10 am with a procession to the burial site immediately following for the 11 am graveside service.

    Location: Cook-Walden Capital Parks Mausoleum, 14501 N Interstate Hwy 35, Pflugerville, TX 78660.  The mausoleum is in the center of the property NW of the funeral home building. 
    Map link:https://goo.gl/maps/8nGuejcFPacPPRMo9

    10:00 – 10:40 am – Staging
    10:40 am – Briefing
    10:50 – 11:00 am – Walking procession and flagline

    Wx: Hi 93 deg, partly cloudy

    Notes: Bring a bottle of water for yourself and one for a friend.  We will lead the procession from the mausoleum to the burial site and form a flag line for the graveside service.

    Ride Captain: Jim Callison, hotp2t@yahoo.com, (907) 321-3854
    Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson

    Please attend to honor this warrior from our greatest generation.


    8 Austin PGR Riders had the honor of standing tall today for another gentleman from the Greatest Generation, Mr. Jack Howell, 96, a veteran of WWII as a USMC Aviator. Jack’s son took time to talk to a few of us about his father and thanked us for being there for him.
    After a change of plans (it was a Semper Gumby day today) it was decided that our PGR group would form a flag-line behind the hearse to escort it from the mausoleum to the gravesite, a short distance away. All went well at first and as planned, until the hearse driver sped up faster than we could walk. About half our forward line did an impromptu “double-time” in trying to keep up with the hearse but it was all for naught. Once we regrouped, we rendered honors for Mr. Howell and then formed a second flag-line for his graveside service. For many years, one of Jack’s passions was drag boat racing and a group of his racing friends had towed a sleek 3000hp drag-boat graveside to give him a spectacular sendoff at the conclusion of the service. It was an amazing sendoff…rest in peace Jack Howell and thank you for your service to our great country!

    Jim Callison

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