Sam Smith, 88 Navy Veteran WWII & Viet Nam

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    Confirmed Mission: Petty Officer 1st Class Sam Smith, 88
    The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the service for Navy veteran Sam Smith. He was a Petty Officer 1st Class serving in WWII and Viet Nam. He served with the Austin Police Dept for 13 yrs, achieving the rank of Sergeant.

    Date/Time: Monday, April 23rd, 2012, 10:00am

    Location: Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin Tx
    Directions: We will stage at the funeral home and accompany the procession to Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville for the graveside service.

    8:15am – 8:40am Staging
    8:40am Briefing
    9:00am – 9:15am LEO escorted procession to Pflugerville departs
    10:00am Graveside service

    Wx: Sunny, low 56 and high 84 deg (KVUE Wx)
    Notes: Please arrived fueled, fed and hydrated. There will not be a service at the funeral home. The family requested a procession to the cemetery. The service will be conducted at graveside only.
    Ride Captain: Dick Ward, 512-474-1128

    Flag Wrangler: J. C. Clausen

    Please make plans to stand for this verteran who served his country and city.


    SAM SMITH is a personal good friend of mine,if you ever had the opportunity to meet him he was also a history lesson to learn and was
    funny as ****,I will miss him very much and on behalf of his daughter
    and son and myself ,Thank you very much for escorting this men whom made his life only to serve others. On a sad note this is one escort i really want to be a part of,however just recovering from a
    abessed ruptured appendix and cannot make it,i will with family to viewing. colton


    There were nine bikes that were able to accompany the family and hearse to the graveside service for Mr. Smith. We had two more PGR members who held flags. Thanks for the flag wrangler JC. The group surronded the tent with three on the east and three on the west side; four on the south side. There was a twenty minute delay for the service to start because the minister had gone to the wrong cemetery. The flag was folded by two Navy in whites without error. Taps were played.
    The family was most appreciative that we were there to honor Sam Smith. Several family members and friends walked our line to thank us. Something unusual: They gave each of us a LED flash light if we wanted. I was not able to hear the minister's service so maybe there was something in it that would have explained the reason. I went through the line at the end to express our feelings.
    Dick Ward, RC

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