Updated, CPL Billy Joe Butler, 19, US Army MIA/KIA Korea, Kerrville, TX, 26 JUL 2019

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    See revised Kerrville funeral location.

    Confirmed mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral and burial services for Corporal Billy Joe Butler. CPL Butler enlisted in the Army in July 1948 at 17 yrs old. He was soon sent to Korea assigned to Charlie Company, 2nd Engineering Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. Charlie Company advanced ahead of the main force to build bridges, allowing U.S. forces to cross, then remained behind to destroy the bridges. His Unit was captured on November 28, 1950, when enemy forces attacked their defensive positions.

    Billy died for his Country as a Prisoner of War at Camp Hofong North Korea, Jan 27, 1951. Billy’s parents received a ‘Battle Casualty Report’ Jan 3, 1951 reporting PFC Billy Joe Butler as MIA, however, it would be November 9, 1953, before Billy’s family would be notified of his death and even then, their son would not be returned home.

    April 29, 2019, the US Army Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Laboratory, through channels, contacted Billy’s oldest, surviving family member, sister, Ellen Chipman. Billy’s remains had been identified and are being returned to his family

    Additional information about his life and service can be read here: https://kfhtx.com/services.asp?page=odetail&id=3948&locid=1

    Date/Time: Friday, 26 July 2019. Funeral service at 10 am.

    Location: First United Methodist Church, 321 Thompson Dr, Kerrville, TX 78028 . Kerrville staging at the church.
    map link: https://goo.gl/maps/u1PRmQJ2HYgQ98Zb9

    Church Timeline:
    8:45 – 9:15 am – Staging
    9:15 am – Briefing
    9:25 am – Flag line

    Austin staging location: A good place to join others for the ride into Kerrville.
    Whataburger in Dripping Springs. 598 E Hwy 290 W, Ste 500, Dripping Springs, TX 78620.
    map link: https://goo.gl/maps/g5odW4bm8ADNZX9n7

    Dripping Springs Timeline: Ride Captain Keith Longacre, (512) 751-8955
    6:50 am – briefing
    7:00 am – KSU for the 90 minute ride to Kerrville. .

    Wx: High 86 deg. partly cloudy.

    Notes: Sunscreen recommended. Bring a snack and plenty of water. After the start of the funeral service we will strike the flag line and stand by to join the law enforcement escorted procession to the nearby Nichols Cemetery where will will form a second flag line for the interment service.

    Ride Captains: Warren Longacre, longacre@austin.rr.com, (512) 755-4163
    Flag Wrangler: Nicki Campbell

    Please ride out to Kerrvile and help bring this warrior home to his rightful resting place.


    The PGR went to Kerrville, TX to stand for PFC Billy Joe Butler. Billy Joe join the Army in 1948 .Two years later his unit was captured and he was held prisoner in North Korea, unfortunately he died in prison and he never came home for 68 years. The town of Kerrville came out and hundreds of people lined the roads with US Flags as we escorted PFC Billy Joe Butler to the Cemetery. A big present of Law enforcement officers and Fire Trucks were for there for Billy Joe Butler. There were 29 motorcycle and some cages. The flag line had 38 people.
    Ride Caption Keith Longacre led a group out from Austin. And a group of PGR came from San Antonio and the rest of us came from all direction (Rest in Pease Billy Joe). Thanks for everyone that came.
    Ride caption Warren Longacre——Flag wrangler Nicki Campbell

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