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Honor Mission
Franklin E. Koester, Veteran
USN
Saint Peters, Missouri – 02-23-21

ABOUT THE MISSION:

We have been invited to honor a revered member of the United States military. The family of Franklin E. Koester has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to stand a flag line of honor and respect. It will be our honor to do so. We will then escort their loved one to his final resting place in the hallowed grounds of Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery for his final Military Honors.
Hero Koester served in the United States Navy from February 1955 to February 1959 and the Navy Reserve until February of 1963.  He was a Aviation Electrician’s Mate, Second Class (AE2). He was attached to the CARAEWRON (Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron) 12 at Quonset Point, R.I.

PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 02-23-21
Staging Time: 11:45 a.m.

Newcomer Funeral Home
837 Mid Rivers Mall Drive
Saint Peters, Missouri 63376

Ride Captain:

Joseph “Mustang” Bilodeau, joseph1918@aol.com, (636) 577-4767

Special Instructions:

Stage/Mission Brief: 11:45
We will stand a flag line for the arrival of his family at 12:00
Short flag line from 11:50 to 12:15
We will escort this hero to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery for a 1:30 PM slot.
COVID19 protocol will be enforced.  If you are running a fever or are not feeling well, please do not attend.
Masks will be strictly enforced.  Social distancing guideline of 6 feet separation will be enforced.  Refrain from any handshaking or physical contact.
Weather forecast is mainly cloudy with a high of 53 F and a 5% chance of rain. Dress appropriately.
Flags and Support by Rich “Poor Man” Hardin.
Cages are always welcome.  Remember to hydrate.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: Joseph Bilodeau
Position: Missouri Ride Captain

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February 23
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11 Comments

  1. 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)

    Sailors pray,
    for fair winds and a following sea
    The smell of salt in the air,
    the feel of their skin as it’s touched by the spray
    An albatross soaring above,
    dolphins in the ship’s wake at play
    To witness a work of art that only God can create,
    the sunset at the end of day
    At night a million stars in the sky,
    safe anchorage in an islands lee
    When the time comes to die as for all it must,
    to awake in Sailors Heaven where nothing ever rusts
    And always there would be,
    fair winds and a following sea
    By Charles D. Williams

  2. My wife and I wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this true American Hero, US Navy – US Naval Reserve, AE2 Franklin E. Koester. 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. I pray God will comfort , strengthen and Bless you all as you go through this time of deep grief .
    I am thankful for Mr. Koester’s service and sacrifice for our country in the US Navy . He is ” Fallen Never Forgotten “. May he Rest In Peace .
    Bobby
    USAF 67 – 71
    In Memory :
    Bill Breuer USAF Vietnam Era
    Ron Breuer US Army Vietnam

  4. Please accept my condolences on your loss.

    We stand with feet planted firmly on rich soil knowing what freedom is. Because of our veterans, I am free to honor God and country without persecution. Where there is injustice, I am free to fight. Where there is silence, I am free to speak. Where there is hate, I am free to love.

    Your love one’s watch is over, may they rest peacefully in the arms of God.

    Bruce Berg, ISC, USN (Ret)

  5. 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.

    Bob ”Grampy” Griffith
    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 Ride Captain
    Rodney ”El Rod” Hale USMC PGR Brother
    Ron ”I-Candy” Peterson USMC Ride Captain

  6. My deepest Condolences for your loss. I pray for the family wishing you strength for today and spiritual guidance for tomorrow.
    Thank You Veteran Franklin Koester for your service to protect this country, and for my Freedoms. You will not be forgotten.
    Rich “Poor Man” Harden
    Patriot Guard Riders

  7. I pray for comfort and spiritual healing for the family of a true American Hero. I am thankful for his service to our country and his sacrifices to preserve our freedoms which will never be forgotten.

    “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
    Revelation 21:4

    Ricky Moceri
    State Chaplain
    Patriot Guard Riders
    Missouri

  8. My wife and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of a true American Hero. Veteran Koester’s service and sacrifice to our country to preserve our freedom is not and will not be forgotten. Your mission here is completed. Rest in peace, we have the watch.

    Tim “Twidget” Grantz, USN, YN2
    Missouri State Ride Captain
    USS Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7) 1972 – 1975 Vietnam Veteran
    Riding in Honor of My Father:
    USAF SSGT Francis W. Grantz, WWII POW – Rest in Peace

  9. My wife and I wish to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences for the loss of Hero Koester. Thank you for your service to your country Sir. Rest in Peace. You will not be forgotten.

    Jim “(1) Gun-Shy” Kleszczewski

  10. Nancy and I send our sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one, and an American Hero. We are grateful for United States Navy veteran Koester’s military service to our country, and the courage to stand in harm’s way to protect and preserve our freedom and liberties. He shall not be forgotten!
    “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
    John 14:2-4

    John Weber
    Ride Captain
    Patriot Guard Riders
    St. Louis, MO

  11. Nancy and I send our sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one, and an American Hero. We are grateful for United States Navy veteran Koester’s military service to our country, and the courage to stand in harm’s way to protect and preserve our freedom and liberties. He shall not be forgotten!
    “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
    John 14:2-4

    John Weber
    Ride Captain
    Patriot Guard Riders
    St. Louis, MO

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