John Washington Ripley, 91, US Navy/WWII Veteran, San Antonio, TX, 06 JUN 2019

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    Riders, the SAPGR has a mission for one of their own, Mr. Jose E. Rios, at the same day and time as this one for Mr. Ripley. They have requested Austin riders help cover the Ripley mission so their members may attend the Rios mission, and we are honored to do so.

    This mission is an LEO escorted procession and flag line at Ft Sam National Cemetery. Flags provided by SAPGR.

    Mr. John W. Ripley obituary:

    SAPGR mission post on Facebook:

    Date/Time: Thursday, 06 June 2019. KSU from Cabela's at 7:15 am

    Austin staging: Cabela's, 15570 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Buda, TX 78610. Park at the entrance as they won't be open yet.
    map link:

    Austin Timeline:
    7:00 – 7:10 am staging
    7:10 am briefing
    7:15 am KSU for the approx. 75 min ride (traffic dependent) to the SA staging location below.

    Wx: Hi 95 deg, partly cloudy

    Austin Ride Captain: Mark Wells,, 512-470-0380

    San Antonio Staging location: Mission Park Funeral Chapels North, 3401 Cherry Ridge, San Antonio, TX 78230.
    map link:

    SA Timeline:
    9:00 am – staging
    9:15 am – briefing
    9:30 am – KSU for the LEO escorted procession to Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery for the interment service.
    10:00 am – Interment service

    San Antonio Ride Captain: Pete "SeaDog" Johnson,

    Notes: Fly your big flags. Hydrate and bring water for yourself and a friend. Arrived fully fed & fueled to the staging. Upon arrival at the San Antonio staging we will fall under the direction of the SAPGR RC. To ride onto the grounds of Ft Sam National cemetery all riders must wear closed toe shoes, long sleeve shirt, gloves, DOT approved helmet, eye protection, long pants, and boots/shoes that cover the ankle.

    Honoring a hero who served in WWII is a great way to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-day. Please make every effort to attend.


    We had five riders at the Austin staging, and Warren met us at the funeral home in SA. Turns out SAPGR had four missions this morning but still managed to add some riders to this one for a total of 11 bikes to honor Mr. Ripley. Three LEO motors got us to Ft Sam safely.

    A big welcome to Mark Green who has repatriated to Fredricksburg from New Hampshire.

    Thank you to all who made the ride to SA for this mission.


    From Bob Johnson, SAPGR DSC:

    “I would also like to THANK YOU for Your Support today.
    I know we just asked for One Mission, but, it worked out to be Two.
    I hope everyone made it home safely and dry.
    If you ever need our Help, Please feel free to ask.”

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