Phillip Slack, 81, USA Korea veteran, Johnson City, TX, 25 JUL 2009

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    *Updated 23 July*

    The family of Mr. Phillip (Buddy) Slack has requested the participation of the Patriot Guard Riders in his funeral and interment services. Mr. Slack served in the US Army and is a Korean War veteran. He was also a life long motorcycle rider, his last two bikes being an HD Road King and a Goldwing Trike.Final Itinerary: Phillip Slack funeral and interment, Johnson City, TX

    Final Itinerary:

    Date: Saturday, 25 July 2009

    Location: Crofts Funeral Home, 305 East Elm Street, Johnson City, Texas 78636. Funeral service is at 10:00 am with burial at Round Mountain Cemetery immediately following.

    Directions: Coming into Johnson City on Hwy 281 from the north or south, turn west on Hwy 290 towards Fredericksburg. Go three blocks to Avenue E and turn south (left). Go one block to Elm. Crofts Funeral Home will be on the right. GPS Coordinates: N 30deg 16' 33.31" W 98deg 24' 31.54"

    0830 – 0915 staging
    0915 briefing
    Flag line in place before 0930

    Notes: There will be a procession from the funeral home up to the cemetery in Round Mountain at the conclusion of the funeral, approx. 12 miles north. Fly your big flags if so equipped.

    Wx: Mostly sunny, low mid 70's, high 100. Arrive fed, fueled and hydrated. Bring your own drinking water. Sunscreen recommended.

    Ride Captain: John "TC" Wiley,, cell 325-423-2220
    Asst RC: Terry Ayers
    Flag Wrangler: JC Clausen


    Austin Staging: For those wishing to meet and ride out together from Austin:

    Location: The old Albertsons parking lot just west of the "Y" in Oak Hill in Austin. There's a Jim's Restaurant there as well, open 24/7 if you want breakfast first.

    Directions: From Austin take Hwy 290W just past the hwy 290/71 "Y" in Oak Hill. Turn right into the parking lot.

    0800 – 0815 staging,
    0815 briefing,
    0820 KSU to Johnson City for approx. 40 minute ride.

    Ride Captain: Terry Ayers, cell 512-925-6101

    Folks, if you needed more reasons to attend a mission, here they are: Saturday, Hill Country, cool of the morning. Why not take advantage and come out to honor this veteran's service to our country.


    Standing by to honor this veteran.

    texas coyote

    This mission is now complete. And as usual our Patriot Guard members came out in force. There was a great turnout today for Korean Veteran Buddy Slack that included the Patriot Guard, fellow friends and riders of his, and many Family members. I recieved many Compliments today on our group and Thanks for doing what we do. These Compliments came from Family, friends, The Funeral Director, and the Military Honor Guard.
    Thank you to everyone who was there today, be it in person or in Spirit. You made my job easy and as far as I know everything worked out just as planned. A special Thanks to Terry for RC'ing a group up from Austin and Assisting me today, and to JC for pulling "Wrangler" duty…..

    Nancy Caddell, the wife of Mr. Slacks good friend and riding partner Buddy Caddell, sent these pictures of the mission today. I hope I can get the link to work so you can enjoy them….

    Thanks again Patriot Guard,
    You do me proud every time,


    Thanks to all for honoring Mr. Buddy Slack. One gentleman that spoke to me at the conclusion of the service said all those flags flying in the background was a great tribute to Buddy. Patriot Guard Riders, what you do always brings an enormous amount of comfort to the family and friends of the heroes you honor.

    TC sends a message that includes a link to a photo album of the mission honoring Buddy Slack. If the link doesn't post as a clickable link copy it and paste it in your browser.

    Thanks again to all,


    "Here are some Pics taken by a Lady there today. I would like to share them with the memership if you have a way of doing that."


    texas coyote

    Got this from Mrs. Caddell this morning and wanted to share it with those who make our Mission's a positive and lasting memory for the Families we serve during their time of grief.

    John, I cannot thank you enough…when we arrived and I saw what a turn out you had organized, I was just speechless (if only for a few seconds)… was absolutely a beautiful ceremony…..I love the way the guards sort of encircle the group at the cemetery… was all not only inspiring, just awesome…thank you so very very much….

    Come by and see us, now you know where we live!



    Awesome job Terry and TC for Sat.'s mission for Hero Slack….So glad I got my butt out of bed and came on out to honor another hero….Riding with the PGR gives me such pride…So glad to be a part of every ride I do with you guys!!!!


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