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Honor Mission
Edward Joseph Thompson
Glendale, Arizona – 07-13-18


Private Edward Joseph Thompson entered in the United States Army on 7 February 1978.  He completed his obligation and was honorably discharged on 11 December 1978.  Ed received the National Defense Service Medal and earned his Marksman (M16) and Grenade Badges. Edward was a proud veteran of the United States Army.  Ed was a huge Chicago sports fan, especially the Bears and Cubs, and he liked fishing.  Ed had a heart of gold, was a wonderful guy and always willing to help his family and friends. If anyone in his neighborhood needed food, Ed would empty his refrigerator to ensure they were taken care of.

Staging Time: 10:50 a.m.

Chapel of the Chimes
7924 N 59th Ave
Glendale, Arizona 85301

Ride Captain:

David “Murf” Murphy

Special Instructions:

Please approach staging area as quietly as possible, service will be underway.
Family has asked PGR to assist with pall bearers.
Family will join us for the Circle of Honor after the honorable transfer of our hero, approximately 11:20 AM.
Honor flag bikes needed.
KSU to National Memorial Cemetery will be at 11:30 AM.
Please hydrate a few days before and day of the mission.
Road Guards please contact Tom Rohan with your availability.
Flags & Water:
Flags will not be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

STAGING #2 DETAILS: 07-13-18
Staging Time: 12:00 p.m.

National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
23029 Cave Creek Rd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85024

Ride Captain:

David “Murf” Murphy

Special Instructions:

Those not in procession, please meet Karen at Visitor’s Center.
Please proceed to designated shelter at 12:10 PM to have flag line in place for arrival of our hero.
Military honors at 12:30 PM.
Please hydrate a few days before and day of mission.
New protocol for flag line dismissal will be observed.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: David Murphy
Position: Arizona Assistant State Captain

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July 13, 2018
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  1. On behalf of Bugles Across America, please accept our condolences. If it would be of comfort to have a live bugler sound Taps at this ceremony for your loved one, please feel free to either contact us directly or fill in the “Request a Bugler” form on our website at We are a nationwide volunteer organization, we provide this service free of charge, and we do NOT require DD214 discharge papers to perform Taps.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Roger Ellis – State Director for Arizona
    Mitzi Ellis – Assistant State Director for Arizona

    Mobile 917-697-9449

    Serving our veterans in memory of Roger C. Ellis, Flight Officer USAAF 1943-1945

  2. I extend my most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Edward J. Thompson, US Army Veteran. During this most difficult time, I pray you peace. I will forever be grateful for his service, sacrifice, and dedication to our country. Rest easy now, Sir…those you have left behind to carry on without you have the watch.

  3. A hero has fallen. It is time for us to mourn their passing, secure in the
    knowledge that their service and sacrifice shall not be forgotten. We mourn
    with their family and friends, knowing that they will find peace in the arms
    of the Lord.
    Hero, your watch is done, you can stand down now. We now have the watch.

    POW-MIA’s you are not forgotten.

    “Hotwheel,” Cisco, Texas

    In memory of :
    SGT. Ralph D. Woods Jr. USA Korea
    Crew Chief Eddy J. Pearman USAAC/USAF Korea
    Radio Operator Duane Duncan USMC Vietnam

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