MSgt James Thompson (Ret), 85, USAF, Georgetown, TX, 21 July 2010

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    The family of Mr. James Thompson has invited the PGR to participate in his funeral and interment services. Mr. Thompson served our country for 30 years, beginning when he enlisted in 1943 at age 18 and was sent to the Pacific during WWII. He later served 15 years with the SAC.

    He was also a rider, having purchased his first Harley after the war in 1948. He and his wife of 59 years, Francis, spent years riding and moto-camping together. In recent years when the couple saw the PGR in action at the CTSVC, he remarked to Francis "Sure would be nice to have those guys are around when my time comes". She told him "I'll do what I can".

    Date/time: Wednesday, 21 July 2010. Funeral scheduled for 11:00 am.

    Location: San Gabriel Presbyterian Church, 5404 Williams Drive, Georgetown, TX. We will stage at the church.

    Directions: The church is located approx. 5.4 miles west of IH35 on the south side of Williams Drive (FM2338). From north bound IH35, take exit 261A, turn left on Williams Drive. Please park on the west side of the property at the rear. Also, be advised there is construction along Williams Drive. Map link:

    9:45 – 10:15 am staging
    10:15 am briefing
    10:20 am flag line established

    Wx: Partly sunny, highs mid-90's. Don't forget to bring plenty of drinking water. Sunscreen recommended.

    Notes: Please arrive fueled, fed, and hydrated. There is very little shade at the church. Interment is scheduled for 2:00 pm at CTSVC in Killeen. Mr. Thompson has been cremated, and there is no LEO escorted procession planned. However, we will designate up to 6 big flag bikes who can accompany Mrs. Thompson and the remains from the church to the cemetery. All other riders attending the interment portion will proceed to the cemetery on their own.

    Ride Captain: Mark Wells, 512-470-0380,
    Flag Wrangler: Bob Binkley

    Please make plans to stand tall and silent to fulfill Mr. Thompson's wish and honor his long service to our country.


    James Thompson, US Air Force, WWII

    For those members who are able to participate only in the Centex cemetery portion, parking will be on the side of the road directly across from the columbarium at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. Flag truck will be in place and we will gather there prior to establishing a flagline in anticipation of Master Sergeant Thompson's arrival from Georgetown.

    Date: Wednesday, 21 July 2010

    Time: 1310

    Notes: Arrive hydrated, bring water and use plenty of sunscreen.

    RC: David "MarineMajor" Dunn, 512-818-2531,


    Thanx much Bob for providing the flags and water for us at MSgt Thompson's mission. As said previously – our flag wranglers are the keystones for a mission.


    Hats off to the 33 patriots who came out for MSgt Thompson today at the church and all the rest at the cemetery in Killeen. You all made a big impact on his friends and family and helped see that he received a fitting farewell in recognition of his long service to our country.

    May he rest in peace, and may God's peace and comfort be upon those he leaves behind.

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