Use the Tags settings to filter by state, and the Event Category to filter based on the type of mission.

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.
Honor Mission
James Robert Graves , Retired
USA – , Vietnam
Collierville , Tennessee – 12-08-19

ABOUT THE MISSION:

Our great State of Tennessee and the people of Collierville have lost another Veteran Hero, Colonel James Robert Graves passed on November 26th 2019 at the age of 86. He proudly served our great nation in the US Army retiring with 30 years of service. Col. Graves was commissioned in the reserves as a second lieutenant, Infantry, in May of 1954, and then received a Regular Army Commission in the Quartermaster Corp in July of the same year. He is also a member of the 82nd Airborne. He served in Korea and Vietnam and traveled the world to multiple duty stations. He commanded the 530th Supply and Service Battalion at Fort Bragg, NC, and the Quartermaster Brigade at Fort Lee, VA. He was a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. Col. Graves was the recipient of numerous awards over the course of his military career. He received the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army General Staff Badge, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge and the Senior Parachutist Badge. Most recently, in 2013, Col. Graves was inducted into the Quartermaster Hall of Fame in Fort Lee, VA in recognition of his quartermaster career and in particular contributions made during the Arab/Israeli conflict in the early 1970’s. He was assigned to the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the oil embargo. He was a member of a special team that analyzed the impact of the embargo on total force readiness. The Congressional PIKE Committee subsequently approved two major actions due to this analysis; an automated system to provide instant petroleum stack level status and, most importantly, the establishment of National Petroleum Reserves. After retiring from the Army Jim had a post-military career with National Industries for the Blind. The family has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to honor Col Graves and the service he rendered to this Great Nation.
Portions of the above text come from the Collierville Funeral Home obituary which can be  seen in it’s entirety here.

PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 12-08-19
Staging Time: 4:30 pm

Collierville Funeral Home
534 West Poplar
Collierville , Tennessee 38017
MAP to FH

Ride Captain:

Pete Thedford
901-568-0962
Thedford15@gmail.com

Special Instructions:

Honor flag line for visitation from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

STAGING #2 DETAILS: 12-09-19
Staging Time: 8:30 am

Collierville Funeral Home534 West Poplar
Collierville , Tennessee 38017
MAP to FH

Ride Captain:

Pete Thedford
901-568-0962
Thedford15@gmail.com

Special Instructions:

Honor flag line from 9:00 AM until the beginning of the service at 10:00 AM. There will not be an escort for this mission.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

STAGING #3 DETAILS: 12-09-19
Staging Time: 1:00 pm

West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery
4000 Forest Hill Irene Rd
Memphis , Tennessee 38025
Map to cemetery

Ride Captain:

Pete Thedford901-568-0962Thedford15@gmail.com

Special Instructions:

Honor flag line at the Rotunda for the committal services.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Raymond Thedford
Position: Tennessee Assistant State Captain

Note: You do not have to own/ride a motorcycle or be a veteran to join, and membership is Free. The only requirement is RESPECT! To subscribe to receive mission notices, log into the National Site and click on the Members tab at the top. Select the Subscribe to PGR Missions option.
Print This Page Print This Page

Details

Date:
December 8, 2019
Event Category:
Event Tags:

James Robert Graves Comment

  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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

2020 Testimonials

2019 Testimonials

Prior Years