LtCol Donald Gerlinger, 89, USAF (Ret), Vietnam veteran, Georgetown, TX, 12 NOV 2019

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    Confirmed mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral service for LtCol Donald Gerlinger. LtCol Gerlinger served in the US Air Force for 22 years from 1954 to 1976. His long service took him to duty stations around the world, including three deployments to Vietnam.

    More information about his life can be found here:

    Date/Time: Tuesday, 12 November 2019. Funeral service is at 2 pm.

    Location: First Baptist Church of Georgetown, 1333 W University Ave, Georgetown, TX 78628. We will stage at the church.
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    12:50 – 1:20 pm – Staging
    1:20 pm – Briefing
    1:30 pm – Flag line

    Wx: 48 deg F, partly cloudy

    Notes: Please be aware there is a visitation prior to the funeral service. Friends and family will be arriving during our staging period. This is a flag line only at the church. After the start of the service we will strike the flag line and depart quietly.

    Ride Captain: Mark Wells,, 512-470-0380
    Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson

    Please attend to honor this veteran's long and faithful service to our country.


    Sunny but chilly day for the 10 of us to stand for LtCol Gerlinger. Don Ferguson along with other PGR arrived from the earlier mission in Georgetown and posted flags. We split the flagline into two, one for each entrance. His family walked them and thanked us for honoring him.

    Just prior to the start of the funeral service family and friends ventured outside to watch the USAF honors team perform a rifle salute in front of the church. After they went back inside and the soldiers departed so did we.

    Thanks again to Don for wrangling flags and to all who attended, especially those who stood two flag lines today.

    RIP LtCol Donald Gerlinger.

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