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November 14, 2021 at 9:15 pm in reply to: Albert Campa, 52, USAF veteran, San Marcos, TX, 14 NOV 2021 #6201
What an ideal country setting all (8) of us PGR members were greeted with this evening just on outskirts of San Marcos to honor Mr. Albert Campa. This was no somber church or funeral home service we typically attend…this was a party of celebration of and for Albert Campa. The Texas Rock House event center and it’s surrounding grounds are uniquely charming in Texas rustic décor and was the perfect setting to celebrate the life of Mr. Campa as he wished to be remembered. On a funny note and perhaps perfect timing, for at least 10 minutes leading up to the formal rendering of Taps, then the 3-shot volley by a rifle squad, and then the Flag-folding ceremony by a crack Air Force Honor Guard, we were serenaded by a curious cow’s incessant mooo’s right at the fence line of the yard where everything was taking place just a few feet away. That was definitely a first in my book and not even the rifle volleys seemed to faze her in the least.
Mr. Campa’s wife and his daughter spoke to all of us, thanking each us for being there for Albert and both were genuinely grateful for our presence. My thanks to all who attended this later-than-normal mission today and special thanks to SA PGR R/C’s Mike and Lisa Menard who rode up from the west side of San Antonio to be there with us also. Godspeed Albert Campa and thank you for your service!November 7, 2021 at 7:32 pm in reply to: Jerry Neal Schmidt, 80, US Navy veteran, Austin, TX, 07 NOV 2021 #6190
We had (4) Patriots at the mission today in downtown Austin who stood a flag line to honor Mr. Jerry Schmidt, a former US Navy Submariner who served from 1961 to 1968. Two of Jerry’s sons (one of whom is also a PGR rider up in Nebraska) and one of his grandsons came over to where Soup and I were standing, scoping out the church pre-mission, to thank us both and to tell us how much their dad would enjoy seeing our group today. Soon after, we were joined by a number of other family members who also personally thanked us for being there for Jerry.
I thank Max, David, and Soup for taking time out of your day to stand tall for Mr. Jerry Schmidt this afternoon…you all made a difference for this family and it was much appreciated by them. RIP and Godspeed Jerry and thank you for your dedicated service to our country!
AUS/PGR R/CNovember 6, 2021 at 8:17 pm in reply to: MSG Billy Ray Richardson, 52, ANG active duty, Pflugerville, TX, 06 NOV 2021 #6187
We might have only had (4) Patriots standing both flag-lines in honor of MSG Billy Ray Richardson on a beautiful fall day in Pflugerville today, but along with Don’s impeccable placement of static flags at both services, we looked mighty good during the packed-to-overflowing memorial and interment service for MSG Richardson. As family, friends, and co-workers arrived at the funeral home and steadily filled the parking lot to beyond capacity, several of his Brothers and Sisters-in-Arms made it a point to stop by our flag-line positions to personally thank each one of us, salute us, and shake our hands. This distinguished group of soldiers included (2) Brigadier Generals and a whole lot of other military brass.
My thanks go to Steven and David for taking time out of your day today to stand tall in honor of MSG Richardson and special thanks goes to Don for adding your special touch in artfully placing all the static flags, which made for one impressive statement that did not go unnoticed by all who attended. RIP and Godspeed MSG Billy Ray Richardson and thank you for your years and years of dedicated service to our country!
AUS/PGR R/CSeptember 24, 2021 at 10:18 pm in reply to: William “Frank” Ross, 76, USMC/Vietnam veteran, San Marcos, TX, 24 SEP 2021 #6093
We had 9 PGR members standing in honor for Mr. Frank Ross, USMC Vietnam vet, down in San Marcos today. Mr. Ross’ family was very appreciative of our gathered group, his wife Neta, one of his sons, and a daughter came out to personally meet with us and talk to us all before the service started to thank each one of us and shake our hands.
I thank all of you who took time out of your day to stand tall for Mr. Ross, we certainly made a good impression during this families time of grief. It was also a pleasure to welcome into our group Greg, a first-time AUS/PGR rider from Canyon Lake. Greg told us he has ridden a lot of missions with the Dallas area PGR and has recently moved to Canyon Lake.
Thank you for your dedicated service Mr. Ross…Semper Fi and Godspeed good sir!September 2, 2021 at 3:56 pm in reply to: Albert H. Zeplin, 99, US Army/WWII veteran, Taylor, TX, 02 SEP 2021 #6067
We had 8 PGR members at the memorial service and interment service in Taylor today, standing in honor for another gentleman from the Greatest Generation, Mr. Albert Harry Zeplin. Albert served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII from 1942 to 1945 in the European Theater as an aircraft mechanic and was discharged as a sergeant after the war ended. Albert was married for 56 years and his extended family in attendance today were very appreciative of our gathered PGR group. I was also told by one of the FH staff that Albert would have turned 100 years old on tomorrow, Friday 9/3/21/. We also welcomed first-time PGR rider Robert Lee Collins of Cedar Creek, TX on todays mission. I thank you all who took time out of your day to make a difference in someone’s life today…it was clearly evident we did just that! Godspeed Albert Zeplin and thank you for your service good sir!September 1, 2021 at 3:54 pm in reply to: LTC Eugene D. Cargile, 83, US Army (Ret), Leander, TX, 01 SEP 2021 #6062
There were 7 Patriots standing tall in honor of LTC (US Army Ret.) Eugene Cargile today in Leander. Thankfully there was a nice breeze we all enjoyed in the covered area where we set our flag-line near the church entrance. LTC Cargile’s family, including his wife Eddie, made a point to come outside and thank each one of us personally with heart-felt gratitude. In talking to them all, we found out his daughter rides with the PGR in Washington DC and she was especially grateful of our presence today to honor her father. Our presence today was really well received and appreciated and I thank all who took time out of your day to make a difference. It was also really nice to see an old friend of our Austin PGR group, former PGR Ride Captain Juan Gonzales, in attendance of the memorial service to LTC Cargile. Thank you for your dedicated service to our country LTC Cargile and Godspeed good sir!July 21, 2021 at 4:16 pm in reply to: Douglas A. Rush, 74, US Navy/Vietnam veteran, Pflugerville, TX, 21 Jul 2021 #5996
We had 8 PGR Riders stand in honor of Mr. Doug Rush today. It was a small area we had for the service with quite a few family and friends in attendance, so our group flanked the gathered attendees under some shade trees and two of us were up in front with the US Navy flag and Old Glory. Don did an outstanding job of arranging a welcoming array of static flags that really made a statement. After the service ended, Doug’s urn was placed in a vault by his family and I got to speak with most of them. I presented our card of condolences to his wife…they we’re all so thankful for our presence today to honor Doug’s memory. Thank you all who took time out of your day to stand tall for Mr. Rush. Godspeed and rest in peace Doug, and thank you for your service!
Jimmy Callison, R/CJune 15, 2021 at 8:37 pm in reply to: Jack Howell, 96, USMC/WWII veteran, Pflugerville, TX, 15 JUN 2021 #5972
8 Austin PGR Riders had the honor of standing tall today for another gentleman from the Greatest Generation, Mr. Jack Howell, 96, a veteran of WWII as a USMC Aviator. Jack’s son took time to talk to a few of us about his father and thanked us for being there for him.
After a change of plans (it was a Semper Gumby day today) it was decided that our PGR group would form a flag-line behind the hearse to escort it from the mausoleum to the gravesite, a short distance away. All went well at first and as planned, until the hearse driver sped up faster than we could walk. About half our forward line did an impromptu “double-time” in trying to keep up with the hearse but it was all for naught. Once we regrouped, we rendered honors for Mr. Howell and then formed a second flag-line for his graveside service. For many years, one of Jack’s passions was drag boat racing and a group of his racing friends had towed a sleek 3000hp drag-boat graveside to give him a spectacular sendoff at the conclusion of the service. It was an amazing sendoff…rest in peace Jack Howell and thank you for your service to our great country!
AUS/PGR R/CMarch 15, 2021 at 4:31 pm in reply to: Joe M. Riojas, 96, US Army/WWII veteran, Austin, TX, 15 MAR 2021 #5926
Completed Mission report for Mr. Joe Riojas:
We had a really nice turnout of 13 PGR Riders today to stand in the warm & sunny weather to honor Mr. Joe Riojas, another proud WWII US Army Veteran from the Greatest Generation. It was especially nice to have (7) members of the San Antonio PGR group, who rode up and stood tall with our AUS group at both the church service and burial service. My thanks to SA/PGR & Deputy State Captain, Bob “Pizza-man” Johnson for leading the SA group here and thank you all for taking time out of your day to honor Mr. Riojas. And lastly, thank you Mr. Riojas for your dedicated Service good sir, Godspeed and Rest in Peace!
AUS/PGR R/COctober 23, 2020 at 7:18 pm in reply to: SFC Luciano S. Garcia, 72, US Army (Ret), Vietnam veteran, Kyle, TX, 23 OCT 2020 #5585
We had a nice turnout of 11 Patriots to stand in honor today for Sergeant First Class Luciano Garcia, U.S Army (Ret). The service was over fairly quickly and everyone waited a few extra minutes for the LEO escort to show. The ride portion to the cemetery down in San Marcos from the church in Kyle went smoothly onto and off of I-35 & the city streets of San Marcos, although an LEO cruiser got a little too close for comfort to rider Keith Rabun on the way there. Just glad Keith saw what he saw in time and reacted accordingly. Also, it was REALLY great to see long-time AUS/PGR Ride Captain Andy "Andyman" Lough there with us today, riding his scoot and standing both flag-lines. Welcome back Andy and good to see you! I thank all of you who took time out of your day to honor MSG Garcia…Godspeed to you good sir and thank you for your service!
AUS/PGRJuly 27, 2020 at 7:16 pm in reply to: Robert C. "Bert" Smith, 70, US Army veteran, Austin, TX, 27 JUL 20 #5539
A total of 6 Patriots stood tall in honor of Robert "Bert" Smith today. Bert served in the United States Army in the 82nd Airborne Division from 1968 to 1972 and left the service as a corporal. Luckily for us, our 6-man flag-line fit perfectly inside the shaded and much cooler portico leading to the main door of the funeral home. There were many compliments and "thank you's" given to all of us from family and friends of Bert before and after the service. We stood down during the memorial service and then reformed in the portico awhile later to render honors as the casket was loaded into the hearse. Along with three APD motor units, a total of five bikes then safely escorted the hearse from the funeral home to Bert's final resting place at Onion Creek Memorial Cemetery. I thank all of you for taking the time out of your day to honor this gentleman. RIP and Godspeed Bert and thank you for your service!
Jim Callison – R/CMay 21, 2020 at 12:27 am in reply to: Robert Roy Hamilton, 64, US Army veteran, Pflugerville, TX, 20 MAY 20 #5519
A beautiful day and a fantastic turnout of 16 Patriots standing tall this morning in honor for Mr. Robert Hamilton, a US Army veteran. We also had the honor of welcoming first-time rider(s) Ted and his son Daniel, who rode down from Belton to attend the mission. There were quite a few "thank you, guys" given out to us from arriving family members which just goes to show how much we do make a difference. My thanks to all who took time out of your day today to make a difference for Mr. Hamilton's family. Godspeed Robert and thank you for your service!
Jimmy Callison – R/CJanuary 28, 2020 at 2:00 am in reply to: Carroll Morrison, 89, US Army/Korea veteran, Austin, TX, 27 JAN 2020 #5493
Nice turnout of 9 Patriots today to stand in honor of Carroll "Karo" Morrison, a US Army veteran from the Korean War, at both his memorial service in N Austin and internment service in Liberty Hill. We also had in our company on both parts of this mission, first-time rider Don from San Antonio. Thank you Don and welcome! It was a long ride from N Austin to Liberty Hill but it went "fairly" smooth thanks to the outstanding efforts of the LEO escort the whole way. "Karo" Morrison's wife of 61 years and his family were extremely appreciative of our presence at both of his services. Thank you all who attended today to honor this fine gentleman and thank you Karo for your service to our Country, may you rest in peace!
Jim Callison, R/CJanuary 17, 2020 at 8:07 pm in reply to: MSG Jesse W. Greene, 84, US Army (Ret), Vietnam veteran, Austin, TX, 17 JAN 2020 #5482
We had a total of 10 hardy Patriots who braved the chilly rains and drizzle today to stand in honor of MSG Jesse Greene. Don put out an awesome display of static flags around the perimeter that was visually stunning…thank you Don! I thank each of you who took time out of your day to honor MSG Greene, it sure showed in the faces of the arriving guests how profoundly we made a difference. Rest In Peace MSG Greene and thank you for your years of gallant service to our Nation!
Jim Callison, R/CNovember 23, 2019 at 8:31 pm in reply to: MSgt Fennis E. Carter Jr., 73, USAF (Ret), Vietnam veteran, Austin, TX, 23 NOV 2019 #5464
We had a really good showing today of 12 Patriots to stand in honor for MSgt Fennis Eugene Carter Jr. on a beautiful, sunny Texas Saturday morning. Two of our riders, Sammy & Sassy, rode all the way in from Houston to attend…thank you both! This was a very large service in attendance and our flag-line made a huge visual impression. Along with Don's artistic taste in placing a number of static flags, we had numerous compliments and thank-you's from arriving family and friends. Thank you for your service MSgt. Carter, RIP & Godspeed sir!
Jimmy Callison, R/C