James N. Nokes, 76, US Army/Vietnam veteran, Austin, TX, 29 MAY 2018

Austin Patriot Guard Riders Forums Completed Missions James N. Nokes, 76, US Army/Vietnam veteran, Austin, TX, 29 MAY 2018

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    Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral service of Mr. James Newton Nokes. Mr. Nokes served from 1970 to 1976 in the US Army and is a Vietnam veteran. He left the service as a Sergeant First Class.

    More details of his life can be found here when published: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/austin-tx/james-nokes-7859495

    Date/Time: Tuesday, 29 May 2018. Service begins at 10 am.

    Location: Cook Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78752. This is the location across the street from the DPS headquarters. We will stage at the funeral home.
    Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/x5hcLmbBP112

    8:50 – 9:20 am – Staging
    9:20 am – Mission Briefing
    9:30 am – Flag Line

    Wx: Hi 100 deg, sunny

    Notes: Stay hydrated and wear sunscreen. Bring two bottles of water for yourself and one for a friend. This is a flag line only at the funeral home. Following the start of the service will will strike the flag line and depart quietly. Interment will take place at CTSVC in Killeen the same day at 1 pm. Centex PGR will attend that portion.

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

    Please attend this mission to honor this Vietnam Veteran's selfless service to our country.


    Completed mission: James Newton Nokes

    Ride Captain: Jimmy Callison

    Mission summary: There was a nice turnout of (8) PGR members who braved the heat and the always daunting morning rush-crush of workday traffic to stand the flag-line in N. Austin to honor James Newton Nokes, Sergeant 1st. Class, US Army (1970-1976). We had (6) bikes, (1) cage, and Don's mobile command post. Following this service, myself and Warren Longacre accompanied the hearse to CTSVC for an interment service scheduled at 1300 today. As the morning service went way long on time (KSU @ 1145), the procession to CTSVC was…how shall I put this…lets just say that we were "high-tailing it"! But we made it to CTSVC in an hour, with 15 minutes to spare before the 1300 interment service.
    At both services, a number of family members personally thanked each one of us and shook our hands…they were so grateful for us to be there and were in awe of all the flags flying at both services. A special tip-o-the-hat to Don for wrangling AND for setting out all the extra flags at this mornings service in N. Austin and to Warren for helping escort the hearse to CTSVC. Once there, we were greeted by (8) members of the CENTEX PGR standing the flag-line…my thanks to all of you!


    From Rick Nokes, the brother of Mr. James Nokes:
    “Sorry I'm so late telling you folks just how much your support meant to the family of James N. Nokes. The Guard did a superb job, as always, and the family wants you and those who stood for the fallen to know just how much we appreciated the effort that was put forth for this mission.”

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