Charles Robert Marler, Retired
USAF – Vietnam
Dallas, Texas – 03-01-21
ABOUT THE MISSION:
After joining the United States Air Force Aviation Cadet program in January 1954, he became a Transport Navigator, graduating in March 1955 as Second Lieutenant. Assignments in Hawaii and later at Travis Air Force Base in California, navigating the Douglas C-124 Globemaster and Boeing C-97 (B-377) Stratocruiser followed. In 1958, Bob began his US Air Force pilot training program in Texas and Oklahoma. After graduation, he first served as a RB-50 pilot in the Military Airlift Command (MAC) in an Aerial Survey and Photo Mapping squadron in Albany, Georgia, and later on projects in the western United States and parts of South America. In 1961, Bob became part of the “Hurricane Hunters.” Based in Bermuda, in addition to hunting hurricanes in the western Atlantic and Caribbean, his squadron flew weather reconnaissance missions around Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1963. Over the next ten years, Bob flew the C-124 Globemaster and the C-141 Starlifter out of Travis AFB in support of the Southeast Asia War. His promotion to Major took him to Altus, Oklahoma, training new C-141 pilots. In January 1971, after completing his Bachelor’s Degree at University of Nebraska, Omaha, he was promoted to 22nd Air Force C-141 Standardization Pilot. Robert’s 20-year Air Force career ended after his tour of duty as Chief of Airlift Command Post in Utapao, Thailand. He retired as Lieutenant Colonel on February 1, 1974.
PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 03-01-21
Staging Time: 1:15 PM
DFW National Cemetery Visitor’s Center
2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy
Dallas, Texas 75211
Staging Time: 1:15
Briefing Time: 1:30
In Position/KSU Time: 1:45
Starting Time: 2pm
During briefing, four honor bikes will be identified and moved to the staging lane to accompany the procession.
The remainder of the riders will proceed to the designated committal shelter and establish the Flag Line.
At the conclusion of the service and when directed by the MRC, the riders will return the flags to storage, be debriefed and dismissed.
COVID-19 protocols stipulate that riders must have face masks/coverings available for locations where they are required to include DFW National Cemetery (i.e. – when family/guests interact with you, when entering the church or funeral home, while standing the Flag Line and when social distancing (6′) is not possible).
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.
Submitted By: Dan Mathys
Position: Texas Ride Captain
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