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June 17, 2021 - June 19, 2021

Honor Mission
Elmer E. Drefahl, KIA
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – 06-17-21 & 06-19-21


Elmer Drefahl was born December 5, 1919, to Hilda and Edwin Drefahl. He attended a Christian Day School and Rufus King High School. After high school he joined the Wisconsin National Guard for several years. In 1940, after receiving several positive letters of reference he enlisted in the Marines. He was sent to San Diego for basic training and was assigned to the USS Oklahoma. He spent several months patrolling the Pacific and ended up in Oahu, Hawaii, spending one year doing patrols and maneuvers in Oahu. On December 7th, 1941, two days after Elmer’s 22nd birthday, the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Drefahl. From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries. Corporal Drefahl’s personnel profile can be viewed at: Profile
This week we will bring Corporal Elmer E. Drefahl home, where he will be buried next to his parents on Saturday, June 19th, 2021.

Staging: 1:30 PM

General Mitchell International Airport
Milwaukee International terminal
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Ride Captain:

Tom Sberna

Special Instructions:

Staging: 1:30 PM
ETA: 2:30 PM, (often early), escort with Milwaukee County Sheriff to FH.
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: 06-19-21
Staging: 9:30 AM

Harder Funeral Home
18700 W Capitol Dr.
Brookfield, Wisconsin

Ride Captain:

Ted Valenti

Special Instructions:

Stage: 9:30 AM
Escort: 10:30 AM, to cemetery, graveside service at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery, 3110 W Forest Home Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53215.
Arrival: 11:00 AM, those not in the escort should stage at the cemetery at 10:00 AM.
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: John Curran
Position: Wisconsin State Captain

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