SHORT NOTICE: Col. H.C. Copeland, 81, US Air Force (Ret) Viet Nam Vet

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    SHORT NOTICE: Confirmed Mission, H.C. Copeland, Colonel (Ret), 81 U.S. Air Force Viet Nam Veteran and POW
    The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited by the family to participate in the service for Colonel H. C. Copeland, retired US Air Force pilot. Colonel Copeland was flying a F105 when he was shot down while leading a mission. He was captured and spent about 5 yrs and 9 months as a POW, most of which was in the Hanoi Hilton. He retired after serving 26 years in the Air Force. He passed away on June 12th, 2012.
    A write-up on Colonel Copeland can be seen at this link:

    Date/Time: Friday, June 15th, 2012 at 1:00pm

    Location: Cook Walden Capital Parks, 14501 N. IH 35, Pflugerville, Tx
    Directions: Directions: Funeral chapel is located approx. 1 mile north of Howard Lane off the northbound IH-35 service road. Map Link:

    11:45am – 12:15pm – Staging
    12:15pm – Briefing
    12:25pm – Flag Line

    Wx: Partly cloudy, lo of 75 and hi of 95 deg. (KVUE Wx)

    Notes: Please arrived fueled, fed and hydrated. Bring a bottle of water for you and one for a friend. Sunblock recommended.
    The service will be conducted in the chapel, with full military honors being completed outside. Interment will be in San Angelo, Tx on Saturday, June 16th at 11:30am at Lawn Haven Memorial Cemetery, at 4989 FM 1223.
    There will be no procession from Cook Walden on Friday.

    Ride Captain: Steve von Roeder, 512-230-2080,

    Flag Wrangler: Sam Warren

    Please make plans to stand for another one of our Viet Nam heros who stood for freedom and sacrificed many years of his life as a POW.

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