Vernon W. Hempel, 88, USAF/Korea veteran, Austin, TX, 25 AUG 2018

Austin Patriot Guard Riders Forums Completed Missions Vernon W. Hempel, 88, USAF/Korea veteran, Austin, TX, 25 AUG 2018

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    Confirmed mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the inurnment service for Mr. Vernon Hempel. Mr. Hempel served in the US Air Force and USAF Reserves from 1952 to 1956, including deployment to the Korean War where he was a mechanic working on B29 and B50 aircraft. He left the service as a TSgt.

    Additional information about his life and service can be read here:

    Date/Time: Saturday, 25 August 2018. Inurnment service is at 10:30 am.

    Location: Memorial Hill Cemetery, 14501 N Interstate Hwy 35, Pflugerville, TX 78660. We will stage at the cemetery. This is the one located NE corner of Howard Lane and IH35. (NOT Cook Walden Capital Park)
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    9:40 – 10:05 am – Staging
    10:05 am – Briefing
    10:10 am – Flag line

    Wx: 99 deg F, sunny

    Notes: Bring a bottle of water for yourself and one for a friend. Sunscreen recommended. This mission is a flag line only. We need to be in place prior to the arrival of the family about 10:15 am. Once the inurnment service is completed we will strike the flag line and depart quietly.

    Ride Captain: Keith Longacre,, (512) 751-8955
    Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson

    Please attend to show honor and gratitude for this Korea Veteran's selfless service to our nation.


    Riders, here is a map showing the staging location inside the cemetery.


    Great turn out of patriots today, 17 including a boy scout & his mother, who came to experience real patriotism. Glad U stood today to honor Mr. Hemoel & his family.
    Flag wrangler Nicki & Soup posted flags at the grave site prior to the families arrival & made a nice impression We then formed a U shaped flag line around the interment site & waited for the family. We were fortunate to be mostly in the shade. Military honors were rendered by an AF detachment. As usual, they were super.
    Thanks to everyone who took time out of their Sat to honor Mr. Hempel.

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