Confirmed mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral service for Mr. Robert D. Hejl. Mr. Hejl served in the US Navy from 1943 to 1946 aboard the USS Hickox. He left the service as a Seaman First Class.
We had six PGR members stand tall for Mr. Robert Hejl's service in Bastrop this morning. It wasn't a service that was attended by a lot of folks, but a number of them voiced their gratitude to all of us that we were there for him. The three Navy Honor Guard attending also came out to say thanks to each of us and have their pictures taken with us for the family. While we were standing in the shade of Don's van prior to the service, a gentleman came over to us and talked about some of the history of Mr. Hejl…a very interesting character indeed! He also gave us all our own copy of Mr. Hejl's book "Sailors, Ships, Samurai, and Survival" which was greatly appreciated by all of us. Thanks to all who attended today and especially to Don for his steadfast flag wrangling!