LTC Sonny Hibbs, Jr., 86, USA (Ret), Vietnam veteran, Elgin, TX, 13 July 2022

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    Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral and interment services for LTC Carroll M. “Sonny” Hibbs, Jr.  LTC Hibbs enlisted in the US Army in 1954 after high school, serving until 1962, leaving as a lieutenant.  He served in the Austin police department for two years and left to re-enlist in the Army in 1964. He made the Army his career, serving two tours in Vietnam and receiving numerous awards and commendations, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1977.

    More about his life can be read here:

    Date/Time: Wednesday, 13 July 2022.  Funeral service begins at 10 am.

    Location: Elgin Funeral Home, 712 N Avenue C, Elgin, TX 78621.  We will stage at the funeral home.
    Map link:

    9:00 – 9:20 am – Staging
    9:20 am – Briefing
    9:30 am – Flag line

    Wx: Sunny, high 97 F.

    Notes: Bring water for yourself and a friend.  After the start of the funeral service we will strike the flag line and stand by to join the procession to Pleasant Grove Cemetery, about 10 minutes NE of the funeral home, where we will form a second flag line for the interment service.

    Ride Captain: Keith Longacre,, (512) 751-8955
    Flag Wrangler: Max Vasquez

    Please attend to honor this soldier’s long service to our nation. 


    Just like last week, another super group of patriots showed up to stand in honor of LTC Hibbs. Seven of us stood at the FH & again at the cemetery. Both of the colonel’s sons stopped at the flag line to relay how much our being there meant to them. One son, Jim, asked about becoming a member of the PGR.  I talked with him about that & also about becoming a Flag Wrangler out of the Elgin area.  He does not ride but has a super looking vintage pickup that he wants to mount flags on.

    The day was again hot, but we managed to find shade to stand in at both locations.

    Military honors were rendered by a contingent of Army guys wearing both the current dress uniform & three with period uniforms of the colonel’s era. It was quite impressive.

    Thank U “Sonny” for your service & rest in peace. U deserve it.

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