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Honor Mission
Earnest Harry Wotring, Jr.,Veteran
USA – Korea
Springfield, Missouri – 09-22-20


The family and loved ones of Purple Heart Recipient Pvt. Ernie Wotring has honored the Patriot Guard Riders with a request for a flag line, a final salute and an escort to his final resting place in Morgan, MO. Hero Wotring served proudly and honorably in the USA during the Korean War and received the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Occupation Medal with Japan and Germany clasps, the Korean Service Medal with 5 Bronze service stars, the United Nations Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, 2 overseas bars and a Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. He was a survivor of the Chosin Reservoir where he earned the Silver Star. Once Mr. Wotring left military his service he became a preacher and pastored for over 41 years in OH and MO. He was a Past Master of the Masonic Lodge, Past Grand Chaplain of the Missouri Grand Lodge and served as President of the Army Chapter of the Chosin Few for many years.  Mr. Wotring is survived by his wife , his three children, one brother, five grand children and 7 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Staging Time: 09:30 am

Walnut Lawn Funeral Home
2001 W. Walnut Lawn
Springfield, Missouri

Ride Captain:

Kent McGregor
(850) 544-6616

Special Instructions:

Stage: 9:30 am,
Brief: 9:45 am
Flag Line :10:00 am
Service: 10:30 am
A final salute and military honors at the end of the service.
Escort: 12:30 pm from WLFH to Roper Cemetery (a distance of approx. 55 mi / 1hr 30min)
***NOTE ***: This cemetery is not the cemetery in Morgan we were recently at, it is approx. 1 mi North of Hwy J, on Oxford Rd.
Weather Forecast: 62° – 72° and 0% chance of precipitation.
Lunch: Approx. 11:30 am.  WLFH has graciously provided lunch for the PGR in attendance at this funeral in Parlor A while the family of our hero has lunch in the reception room. For additional information, please contact: Ride Captain
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: Kent McGregor
Position: Missouri Ride Captain

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September 22, 2020
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  1. Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there.
    I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there,,I did not die

  2. My wife and I wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this true American Hero, US Army, Korean War Veteran, Private Earnest Harry Wotring, Jr. We thank you for your service to a grateful nation, may your family find peace in knowing you served proudly and comfort in the months to come. May you rest in peace for your mission is now complete. I salute you.

    Robert “Bob” White
    USA (Ret) 1SG
    Vietnam Era
    Jul 72 – Aug 94
    Ofallon, MO

    Riding in Memory of:
    F.C. White, Sr, Tec 5 USA, WWII (Father)
    G.A. Thompson, Pvt, USA, WWI (Grandpa)
    D.A. Thompson, MCPO, USN (Ret), Korea (Uncle)
    G.A. Thompson, Sgt, USMC, Korea (Uncle)
    L. Norris, Msgt, USAF (Ret), Vietnam (Uncle)

    Riding in Honor of:
    F.C. White, Jr, Ssgt USAF, Vietnam (Brother)
    F.C. White, III, Pfc, ARNG (Nephew)
    D.B. White, PO2, USN, Vietnam Era (Twin)

  3. My condolences for the loss of your loved one. Be Proud of your loved one for their service and sacrifices they made to preserve our Country’s Freedom. Stand down and rest in eternal peace,your mission is complete. We now stand for you as you once stood for us.
    Live Simply, Love Generously, Care Deeply, Speak Kindly, Leave the rest to God.

    USASA M.P. Cpl 59-62
    Retired Lt. LEO. 62-92
    Ride Captain Patriot Guard
    Montgomery City, Mo.
    Riding In Memory of My Wife Judy Griffith
    Patriot Guard Rider 1/05/2009 5/20/2019
    Riding in Honor of my Son:
    Mark D. Griffith U.S. Navy Veteran
    Riding in Memory of my Uncles:
    Mural Griffith U.S. Navy WW ll
    Orville Griffith U.S. Army WW ll
    Sterling Griffith U,S, Army WW ll
    Riding in Memory of My PGR Brothers:
    Sfc Mark Schroeder USA PGR Brother and R.C.
    Rodney”El Rod”Hale USMC PGR Brother
    Ron”I-Candy”Peterson USMC PGR Brother and R.C.

  4. My wife and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of an American Hero. His service and sacrifice to our country to preserve our freedom is not and will not be forgotten. I wish him Fair Winds and Following Seas. Your mission here is completed. Rest in peace, we have the watch!

    Joseph “Mustang” Bilodeau
    LCDR USN (Ret)

  5. I am sorry for the loss of your Loved One . I pray God will comfort , strengthen and bless each of you as you go through this time of sorrow .
    I am thankful for Mr. Wotring’s service and sacrifice for our country in the US Army and during the Korean War . He is ” Fallen ” never forgotten . Rest In Peace .
    USAF 67-71

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