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Honor Mission
Mr. Ulis C. Steely, KIA
Lexington, Kentucky – 10-03-19


We have been invited to honor a hero sailor who lost his life at Pearl Harbor on the U.S.S. Oklahoma on 07 December, 1941. His Remains have been identified  15 October,2018. His family has asked us to bring this hero home to Corbin, KY, to his final resting place. We will be awaiting his arrival at Lexington international airport,and escorting family and Mr.Steely’s to Hart funeral Home in Corbin,KY. Then the family will have a private visitation the next evening. The following day we will escort funeral procession from Hart Funeral Home to Grace On The Hill Church a short distance away and stand flag line in his honor during funeral service followed by short escort to the Cornith Cemetery for grave side service with full military honors.

Staging Time: 14:45 PM

Aviation Museum Of Kentucky
4029 Airport Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40510

Ride Captain:

 Garry(Squiggy) Sweeny
Kelly Shehan(859)-619-8158

Special Instructions:

Safety briefing time 3:00 pm
We will stand a flag line at arrival terminal and render honors as casket is taken from aircraft and put into funeral vehicle. Be ready for KSU at about 4:30pm  for escort departure from airport to funeral home. Any one wishing to be part of escort but can not make it to Lexington Airport please meet at exit# 49 southbound on ramp and be ready to safely join procession as we pass there will be ample time to join us coming down interstate I-75. Be ready to KSU at about 5:30 pm.  Any one at that location can call my cell(843)-647-9731 and i will be able to advise as to our est to that location
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water will be provided.

STAGING #2 DETAILS: 10-05-19
Staging Time: 9:30 AM

Hart funeral Home
1011 Master Street
Corbin, Kentucky 40701

Ride Captain:

Garry (Squiggy) Sweeny

Special Instructions:

Briefing 9:45-10:00 AM. After brief we will await arrival of family, about 11:00am we will escort funeral procession to Church for funeral service, at which time we will stand flag line until short escort to burial site
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: garry sweeny
Position: Kentucky Ride Captain

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Mr. Ulis C. Steely Comment

    This week was an historic week! We (all Kentucky veterans groups) had the distinct honor of bringing home a hero who lost his life for our freedom, when the Japanese attacted Pearl Harbor on 12 /07/1941. Ulis C. Steely was a sailor aboard the USS Oklahoma when it was hit! He was one of over 429 brave soles who were killed on that imfamous day! That was 78 years ago!
    He finely got the home comming and burial with Full Military Honors that he truly deserved!
    On Thursday 03 October,2019 we met the aircraft carring his remains which have been in limbo in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP) aka Punchbowl in Honolulu until recently identified!
    We watched as the water cannons were fired over the aircraft and the active duty U.S.Navy Honor Guard Detail off loaded the casket in full military form! We established a flag line on tarmac with 60 riders & 5 cages & 5 family cars! We all Rendered honors(hand salute-or hand over heart) until Ulis Steely’s casket was securly loaded into hearse!
    At about 16:40hrs(4:40 pm) we were escorted from gate 5 by airport police and Fayette County Sheriffs Dept. and Kentucky Highway Patrol from the airport on to Man of War Blvd. at which point we had full LEO support thru Lexington to I-75! They preformed a rolling road block until procession succesfuly entered interstate! From there KHP took point with one trooper in front leading and one trooper in rear tailing us in left lane! At several on ramps other manicipalities also blocked traffic as we passed ! We continued south until exit # 49 where we had 20 more riders enter procession! At that point there were more troopers blocking traffic to allow all additional riders to enter procession safely! We continued southbound with some additional LEO help blocking on ramps until we passed, until we arrived at exit #25 in Corbin. When we exited interstate we were met with local law enforcement and several fire trucks! From there we went thru downtown Corbin where we continued with local and county LEO escort passing City Hall where the streets were lined with people waving American flags, and Fire Dept had a large flag displayed above two airial ladder trucks! it was very impressive to say the least! We continued thru town to Hart Funeral Home. We rendered honors as Ulis Steely’s casket was moved from hearse into the building and then we all dispersed!
    On Friday-04 October the family held a visitation for family and friends from 1730 hrs( 5:30pm) until 2000hrs(8:00pm) where their were 17 patriots standing flag line to honor family and friends, and of course our hero Ulis Steely!
    Today Saturday 05 October,2019 we met at Hart Funeral home with approx 20 riders and escorted the family and the hearse to Grace on the Hill Church at about 1015am! Upon arrival we had several more riders and rendered honors as Navy Honor Guard Detail removed the casket from hearse to church!
    At about 10:50am we all walked thru and rendered our final salute! Service started about 15 minuets later! At the conclusion of service we again rendered honors as this hero was again moved from chapel to funeral car!
    We then had the honor of escorting the procession thru town with the help of local LEO support!
    Upon arrival at the cemetery the bikes were parked and awaited arrival of hearse and family cars and all came to attention and saluted as they arrived!
    The gravesite service and full military honors were carried out by U.S.Navy active duty honor detail! The volley was rendered followed by taps and flag folding! A short speach by an active duty Navy Captain explaining the full story of Ulis Steelys service to our country and how he was identified after so many years and how he got back home to his family for final internment in his family grave site! It was truly an honor to have been a part of this historical event!
    Thanks go out to Steely family for inviting us to be a part of this experiance!

    A personal thanks to all groups that made this mission a sucess and to get this hero home where he belongs!

    Thanks to all,
    Garry (squiggy) sweeny
    SRC- District 10
    Kentucky Patriot Guard Riders
    Riding With Respect!
    Standing For Those Who Stood For Us!/

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