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Honor Mission
James “Banzai” Ward McClain, Jr., Retired
USAF, Lebanon/Grenada
Pensacola, Florida – 10-10-19

TSgt James “Banzai” W. McClain, Jr. honorably served in the United States Air Force from July 1974 through July 1994 as an Aircraft Loadmaster and received the following awards: Airman’s Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, AF Commendation Medal with one device, AF Achievement Medal, AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor and three devices, Combat Readiness Medal with one device, AF Good Conduct Medal with five devices, National Defense Service Medal with one device, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and numerous other awards. His last duty station prior to retirement was with the 15th Special Operations Squadron (AFSOC).

Staging Time: 11:15 AM

Steak ‘n Shake
2057 Airport Blvd
Pensacola, Florida

Ride Captain:

Jean Thong
(850) 686-5882

Special Instructions:

Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola requires long sleeve shirts, long trousers, long fingered gloves, DOT approved helmets, leather footwear covering the ankles and appropriate eye protection. This attire will always be worn while riding aboard the NAS.
12:00 PM – Safety briefing for all riders
12:15 PM – KSU to Harper-Morris Funeral Home, 2276 Airport Blvd.
12:30 PM – Arrival at Harper-Morris Funeral Home
01:00 PM – KSU to Barrancas National Cemetery w/LEO or Escort
01:30 PM – Inurnment at Shelter “B”
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: Ray Doyle
Position: Florida Assistant State Captain

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October 10, 2019
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  1. My sincere condolences to the Family and Friends of this Hero. May He Rest in Peace.

    JJ Bishop, PGR
    SGT (Ret.), Henrico County Police, Virginia
    MCPO (Ret.), USCGR
    Hudson, FL

  2. My Condolences go out to family and friends of (Ret) USAF Veteran, James “Banzai” Ward McClain Jr. may you rest in peace and may God be withyou, Thank you for your service to our Country.

  3. Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of James McClain Jr. May the peaceful moments and  cherished memories bring you renewed strength in the days to come. Your faith will keep you  strong during this time of sorrow. Hero, you may stand down, we have the watch.
    Jim & Diana Robers
    US Navy 1961-1981
    US Merchant Marine 1985-2007
    Standing in memory of
    Howard Robers, Father, US Army WWII
    Elmer Robers, Uncle, US Army WWII
    Harry Fleming, Uncle, US Army WWII

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